I decided that I do my best work when I'm working with subject matter I love. :) I spent about four hours on this. Charcoal powder, pencil and sticks. This is about 5' x 5'. Biggest/most enjoyable piece I've done yet!
(Update: upon waking up one morning to find this portrait hung up, Stephanie determined that it is "too creepy" to be stared at by yourself while eating cereal at the kitchen table. What-evs.)