I'm excited to be learning from Jane though I'm not at her skill level by any means. Her sentiments would be practice, practice, practice. So, I'm practicing today! She also prefers people work with a colored pencil rather than graphite so distraction is minimized (limits erasing and trying to achieve perfection right away).
These photos show a progressive drawing -- just finished -- having taken a risk to see what I could do. Some work is needed in blending the colors used for shading as well as blending the transition areas between shadow and light to minimize abruptness. It will also be helpful to look more closely at real faces to see their typical highlight and shadow areas -- so that those more realistic qualities --that create depth-- are brought into future drawings.