Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada in Raymonda. © Erik Tomasson
I don't own the picture, It was taken from a blog post, here's the link:
Ok, so that picture above is what I'm about to achieve..
Media: Faber Castell's 48 Colored Pencils on paper. I've printed the picture out and I'm using the grid method.
As you can see the grid method helps me measuring the proportions and it gives me more accuracy for details. I know this method is disliked by some, but this really helps the beginners to improve their intuition. I am a student and I was bad at proportion without grids. But time after time I can indeed go on without grid and though it's not as good as the guided ones, I feel a major improvement in my instinct. :)