! As a character designer, I'm constantly on the lookout for fresh faces to populate the animated worlds that im frequently called upon to draw for clients and for my own comic and animation projects. Drawing from life is the BEST way to get faces that are authentic. people are endlessly fascinating and funny just being themselves. I frequent Starbucks a LOT , as it provides ample opportunity to draw people for great lengths of time. I also have these great free association moments that happen when a particular face triggers a feeling, as in the Monkey boy pic! Innovation is the key and I never really draw the person totally literally. I use what I see as a springboard for other ideas nd thats what makes the picture come alive!