I know there are a lot of people on here that "specialise" or "choose" to do realistic work, including me! Im sure I'm not the only one who finds it really difficult at times...
So I thought we could have a thread dedicated to tips and advice on how to create the best realistic portraits you can! I think it would be helpful for everyone to be able to share information and advice, and also have one place to come and look.
The only piece of advice I can think of right now is: remember the eyes of any animal/human are what makes or breaks the drawing!
I'm sure more experienced artists have more stuff to add