Most of them fell into one of two categories:
1. How do I go about drawing a face for a study?
2. What if I really am confronted by aliens?
Pirates don’t typically care as much as women about how they look, but even still, I try to stay in the habit of keeping good proportion. You can only take your characterization of certain people so far before sabers get drawn.
After I have roughed out my figure, I begin to work in the smaller shapes and try to establish where the shadows are going to be. At this stage I will work and rework areas until they look right. In most cases, when I reach this point, I have hopelessly muddled the image. See the pirate on the left. A portrait like that could very well get me shot.
So now I am faced with a number of choices:
The answer is yes. It will work.
Now, the process is generally the same as working with a human subject, except that similarities to bottlenose dolphins might not be as offensive to an alien. The trick with aliens is of course to not screw up on your first draft, or if you do, to not let them see you throw your first draft away. Aliens may find that first screw up hard to understand, and it may make the human race look weak and easy to conquer. No pressure or anything, but the fate of the planet is now in your hands.
Some may scoff, but it saved Milwaukee 0f ’93.
If the alien isn’t impressed with the portrait of themselves, draw a picture of their pets.
If you are interested in learning more about the basic approach I use I recommend the following 2 books:
Drawing Course by Charles Bargue with the collaboration of Jean-leon Gerome
These books have been a tremendous help to me. They offer cleaner and more thorough instruction on the method of drawing shown above, which has been twisted to serve my own dark ends.