As a new member, I recently posted a question re: black and white portraits, paint mixing etc and received some great info. I haven't done any airbrushing in several years and was/am a novice at 72 years old! I am attaching a 2 pictures, one as my reference (will not be difficult to distinguish) and my first attempt! I used a slick illustration board that was fairly easy to erase with reducer to try again when major mistakes made etc etc. so there are some obvious do overs. My question is this: recognizing that I understand that I need hours, days months and years of practice as a preface! Having cut out the whites of the eyes, nostrils, eyebrows and shape of the face and then lightly dusted those areas to get the perspective/placement correct, I tried to get the basic outlines, shading etc on the board. No matter how many times I changed things, it doesn't come close to looking like the reference person!! I don't think I should be able to do what many of you very experienced and talented folks can do, but shouldn't I be able to say, "hey, that looks like Geena (my grand daughter) but the airbrushing sucks!!? Looking at my attempt, are there individual parts that are so wrong that it is unrecognizable as her or is it just everything in general? I'm not asking for anyone to fix my novice status in a forum thread, just some general comments on my attempt! You can't hurt my feelings so hammer away! I did the hair in about 5 minutes just to get something on the board. I am primarily interested in the facial features! Good day to all! Mark Murrieta, Ca.