I had a discussion once with my stepfather about "realistic" drawings. To sum things up: he contended that past the "wow" effect of realism ("look at how real the eyes are!" "look at the rendering of the light on the cheek!"), you are left with not much but realism, a mere feat -- and that in itself does not constitute art. This conversation comes back to haunt me every time i draw a realistic portrait, because unfortunately for me, i couldn't help agreeing with him. I did this drawing today at lunch, staring at a photograph by Richard Avedon. 2B pencil on Bienfang® paper.