I like doing these stippled (dot) drawings. I like drawing on the train. I was showing my drawings to my friend and she said that probably one of the good things about drawing strangers this way is that the pressure of getting a likeness is off. Which is true. While I do like to make to make them as accurate as I can, since I finish them later in the day they must veer away from a true likeness because memory is a tricky thing.
I love the layering of the dots to create the image I start with something really faint, just the main landmarks of the face, and some indication of lights and shadows. Then I keep building to add shadow form.
It is also a really meditative process, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking of the image exactly, I have thoughts about making areas darker, defining shapes, but the stippling is a slow process of just making one tiny mark after another and that frees up my mind to wander. And the places it wanders to are sometimes surprising, and inspiring.