I have not drawn anything since making stick drawings (a la Teen Girl Squad) in class in 3rd grade, so this is all new to me.
I have discovered that making drawings which mimic life is difficult in two ways. On the one hand simply getting proportions correct is a bit difficult, but I seem to have an ability to find the correct lines and mimic them fairly precisely without much guide. However, the second difficulty to me is that precise lines do not give the same feeling. So it seems necessary to make a drawing a little bit unreal to make it feel more real. The way a person's image feels to me when I see them with my eyes is different than the feeling I get when I make a precise drawing of them with a pencil and then look at it... to get the same feeling from the drawing I must make some small changes and this new inaccurate thing is somehow more accurate than a precise mimic of a life image.
This must be why there are whole colleges devoted to art.
I have a new respect for artists and what they do. The detail and concentration required (at least for me) is the same as when I train, so it is maybe good mental training for doing my sports hobbies. This seems like a contradiction but it is not. So now I think very skilled artists must be very disciplined people, though maybe in different ways than I am. I am surprised at this because I had always thought of "artsy" people as somewhat sloppy; I was wrong.
It is fun to try something new like this and learn about myself by experiencing someone else's hobby.
On a different topic.
Browsing this website I see many references to people "stealing" images and things and everyone recommending watermarks (is this an image on an image?). I wonder if this is a big issue. While I am drawing only out of boredom and curiosity it would probably make me angry if someone claimed to be me or pretended my drawings were theirs. It seems some people make money from selling prints and things so that could really be a big issue.