SailorBecky, a lot of people have trouble drawing things like faces because we specifically worry about them so much. The face is kind of the key to the whole person so it's pretty easy to get overly focused on it and start drawing what you think it should look like instead of what it actually looks like. I have a tutorial on DA
that might help you understand the kind of mindset I'm talking about. That tutorial is talking about gesture of a figure, but the same ideas apply to drawing a face.
Your right brain is the one that's good at seeing forms and shape and relationships, but your left brain is the one always trying to take charge and make decisions. The book I talk about in that tutorial is called, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. You can get it from DrawRight.com. It's a really awesome book that explains the science of how your brain works when you draw and gives you lots of steps and excesses on how to activate your right hemisphere while working on art.
Some basic things you can start with:
- Flip your reference upside down and draw from it that way. You'll be less focused on, "does it look like a nose" and more focused on reproducing what you're seeing instead of what you THINK you're seeing.
- Pay attention to the spaces and shapes BETWEEN the features, not just the features themselves
- Look at drawings of faces that you like. Go on Google or deviantART and look at some drawings that people have done of faces and really intently LOOK and see what they have done with light and shadow to get nice form. Try to reproduce little sections from those drawings to get the feel of how they are rendering the form so well.
Remember that you are creating an illusion of form - you are still working on a 2D space so anything that looks 3D is a complete fabrication. That means that drawing just the outline of things won't necessarily get it to where you want it to be, tone and shading are going to be essential in creating something that has space.
You didn't post to your drawing so I can't give you specific critique, but if you ever needed some please send me a PM or something and let me know. Always happy to give an artist some real feedback :3
Best of luck!