So, in the time leading up to the event, I thought I'd talk about the work of some of the artists I admire most and will hopefully meet soon.
I've loved Japanese artist Tomokazu Tabata's art ever since I first saw it in Exaggerated Features magazine. He's got a totally unique style--incredibly perceptive and always capturing great likeness, but extremely simplified and abstracted. His live drawings are some of the most creative and laugh-out-loud humorous I've ever seen. In addition to markers, he uses watercolor and watercolor pencil for his live work; an unusual choice that leads to great results.
His abstractions are always new and different and can be a great source of inspiration for how to handle various facial features.
See more of Tomo's work at his website.