Here is one of my exercises. Here you can see how i tried to paint portraits with new techniques and brushes. I still try to avoid details and still make the result look as realistic as possible. If there is one thing i have managed to achieve over the years it is the balance through a very simple painting technique.
Since i use the new brush i try out how i paint hair now. I find the texture much more appealing. In the past I used much coarser textures which had their own speciality as they were very clean and had a strong impression but for a finer appearance this texture offers a better experience.