So I start with a layer of white clay over an aluminum foil, then I add clay in flesh color, about 3mm thick, the reason for it is that I like to see the depth of face features, keeps it more proportional for me:
I poke the holes where the eyes will be and now is when I see the little white clay underneath so I know where to stop.
Small lump of clay for the nose :
and I smooth everything out, shaping nose and eyes :
Shaping top lip and eyes :
Cute profile :
I know she is not a beauty yet :), and the hardest part for me is - eyes :
So eyes had to go, so I smooth them out, the nose and lips are fine - I rather love them :
This is more like it :
At this point I need to put her aside, the clay is too warm from my hands and makes it difficult to handle, I will let it cool down for a few hours, then will shape the features some more and add ears.
After that I will bake it and will make a mold, so you will be seeing this girl in the future :). This is how the faces on my girls come to life, I love sculpting them, and for some reason they do always come out different from each other.
It is of course not a "must do", it's just the way I find more comfortable for me. I hope you enjoyed it :).