If you only have one reference pic?

Which view would you go with? If you are modeling a face.

Umm… maybe the side, it has most of the shape, but then a lot of the detail is at the front…

Definitely the front view. Most of the clues people use to recognize a face are from the front view.

I’d probably go with the front view. But first I’d do TorQ’s better face tutorial to get a generic model face, then put in the reference photo and start tweaking. I’m not entirely sure I understand the situation, though. If I had a choice, I’d get both front and side references. If I didn’t have a choice, I’d go with whatever I had.