Hello! I've decided to write this because today, I became depressed. I was about to start a new color portrait exercise, but instead became distracted, went online, wached couple of videos, step by steps and tutorials. Suddenly everything started to feel a little overhelming and confusing. Now I don't know what to do, where to start etc. SBS was being done what I believe could be said to be Dru Blair's method, then I saw SBS being painted what I would call classically, mix some colors base, midtone, shadow color, add some texture between each and that's it. To this point it's okay, I can kind of underestant what's happening, well not really but can at least live with it. But then... I saw some pictures and a video of Marissa's paintings, like step by step pictures. Words like "no pre mixing" and I mean.. there's pure gray all over the face at one point. And it all looks totally different from what I've seen before. These images bother me. So the first question is: How many different and I mean obviously different techniques are there. Techniques that can clearly be differentiated from each other? This is ofcourse subjective, there can be subtle differences in some of the steps and also similarities. But let's say The Denise tutorial style is one(which I call cassic), Dru's method is one and Marissa's method is one. There's Opaques only, opaques + transparents on top, only transparents, and transparents with no premixing(whaat) Then there's underpaintings in some weird color, throw some transparents on top, and super realistic skin tones appear. Second question would be: Can somebody explain, for example how the Marissa's method works or is it a secret? I mean rouhgly. There's clearly some witchcraft happening. I'm going to Marissa's portrait class in 1.5 months, but until then I need to be able to sleep. Thanks!