I've had some successes and failures with portraiture. I've never been a portrait artist or even a 'likeness' artist. Over the last few years, on and off between other work, I've been working on how to translate my evolving technique into portraiture and think I am finally finding my way through it. I think, in my case, it is more about the essence of the person being painted rather than a dead-on likeness, although there needs to be some semblance of them. That's the balance.
That being said, and after some practice, I came up with a couple of good ones including this William Shakespeare. It opened a new door creatively for me and I like where its heading. Even better, the Shakespeare piece recently led to doing four conceptual portraits of some scientists for Discover Magazine
of which I posted two of my favorites.