Starting in December I began to reorganize my "library." While that process included culling books to create more shelf space (and resulted in donations to various small libraries) it also involved going over my notes of books I've read over the years.
Some of my upcoming posts will be about books focusing on a single artist, other "reading list" posts will be focus on techniques. I hope to put links to all of them on a page (which gets listed in the left-hand column of this blog), but we'll see how it goes. You could always get back to this post by searching "Portrait Painting," in the blog's search engine.
Obviously this is a topic that's important to me because I blogged about "Drawing Faces: Some Book Recommendations," in February 2009.
Some of those books may be on this list today, but others aren't because they seem to me to be better suited to appearing on a list of "Figure Drawing" books I'm also working on. Or perhaps for whatever reason I didn't think them as essential. Or I couldn't find them again or never owned them so they didn't show up in the library reorganization. I thought you'd appreciate a link to the original post so that you didn't have to wait for my list of figure painting books.
I have also listed videos and DVDs I've watched on this topic. Some libraries also carry them. Today there are so many YouTube videos documenting various drawing techniques that one could just surf through them, but I would have to say that watching the videos of artists whose work I've followed and whose books I've read has been very inspirational to me. I recommend that you focus your search for videos in a similar fashion. Often you can find short previews of an instructional video on YouTube and get a sense from it whether or not the teacher's approach appeals to you. I recently borrowed the Mary Whyte videos listed below and I could listen to her talk all day long.