I always am curious about this when I see one of you guys who do these perfect-looking, smooth graphite portraits. How do you get the outline of the image to the paper? Do you use a grid? Do you directly trace over the outlines of the photos? Do you draw it all freehand? Can you draw freehand? Some pencil portrait artists can, some can't. Some technically "can," but they rarely do, using a grid or tracing, which they say is to get accuracy. (So in that case, I guess the answer is that they can't draw very well freehand, because if they could, they wouldn't need a grid or to trace to get it accurate! )
Sorry if I sound nosy, I guess I'm in a nosy mood. Please forgive me! And regardless of what process you use in the drawing, you've done an excellent job with it. It looks smashing!