It is said that we form a first impression within 100 ms of seeing a person's face. Of course, our faces are not static. Our age, the time of day, our feelings at any given moment all influence how we look. I like to linger on a face captured by the quick eye of a camera and draw or paint it according to how it is seen through my subjective lens.
When you look at someone, what do you see? Do you see them as they really are? As who you wish them to be? Maybe you notice part of yourself is reflected in them? Do you instinctively attribute faults, qualities, values to them? These are some of the questions that come up for me as I sketch, exploring my subject's faces and body language.