This summer I attempted my first portrait painting. This is an 8x10 acrylic on canvas of my oldest son, Brandon.
Acrylic paints dry extremely quickly making blending difficult. Because of this portraits are usually done in oils. I think I would enjoy painting portraits with oils more, but am pleased enough with how my first one came out considering the difficulty of painting portraits with acrylics.
This one took me about 4 hours painting overall.
Ironically, Brandon likes the study I did first best. I did this in about an hour - just experimenting with washes and such and not paying too much attention to anything else.