I've drawn realistic faces before but usually from a photograph as the ones I try to draw from my imagination look cartoonish. I've envied other artists (like my daughter and son) who can draw a face from their imagination. When I saw Pam Carriker's Mixed Media Portraits book I knew I had to have it. I read the book as soon as it arrived but it took me a couple of weeks to gather the nerve to put pencil to paper. Pam's instructions are easy to follow. My teenage daughter has tried to teach me the proportions of a face before, but somehow the information, though very simple, has gone in one ear and out the other. I think I am better at learning from reading the instructions than from just hearing them because I can keep going back and making sure I get it all right. Here is my first attempt using Pam's method - first a sketch, getting all the proportions just right. Well - sort of just right! And then comes the fun part - SHADING! I love shading!