This time I attempted a portrait in pencil. I'm not sure I had any better luck but it definitely felt like a very different process. For whatever reason, I think I feel freer with a pen than with a pencil... which makes no sense since the pencil obviously allows a lot more room for corrections and working and reworking a sketch. Despite that, it feels confining to me. Maybe I just need to get more used to it.
The good news is that my hubby and daughter both recognized who I was trying to capture right away. Despite that, it still looks very cock-eyed and amateurish to me. I need to keep reminding myself that all those who make it look so effortlessly brilliant probably spent some time early on learning how to get past the pin it to the refrigerator/kindergarten look. :-)