Having trouble with some curves (like in the hand), but overall it's shaping up! There's got to be a better way to get the bend of those fingers without adding a point to the "joint". Also, the gradient in the shirt is awful, but I haven't watched the textures tutorial yet so it's a placeholder.
Figured out how to make a weighted stroke (lines of the nose)...it's probably in the video tutorial but I haven't come across it yet. Hoping to get all the shapes done soon so I can start playing around with textures.
Ugh! So I found this beautiful, not-really "ad" by Pablo Pintachan...and I am not doing him justice! Cannot get used to the Bezier curves and keep dragging my paths all over the place. I am behind on this project, but hope to have at least some of the background done in time for a peer review. I am having trouble manipulating the anchor handles without dragging the anchors out of place. Also put every single shape so far on a new layer, which I am now realizing I don't need to do because unlike Photoshop, the shapes stay separate from each other and can be sleceted and altered at will. I want to blame this hot humid weather for my frustrated mood, but I think the Pen Tool is also slightly to blame...:(