For many crafters, artists, artisans....a portrait is a challenging, even daunting, prospect. I took a great portrait class (online) with Wanda Kerr last year. I learned so much it's mind-boggling. Yet I haven't done a portrait rug since then and need to carve out some time to get to it.
I think what's really stopping me is the thought of doing a portrait of a loved one. What if it's not exactly perfect? What if it doesn't look like them? What if, what if, what if. I did have the idea of doing a portrait of a random person, but then it's difficult to get jazzed about that too.
Every now and then I surf the net for inspiration about portraiture. There's lots out there about painting or shooting a portrait photo. There are lessons to be learned from such information that can be applied to rug hooking.
Here's an article that discusses taking a self-portrait. After the tips, you can scroll down to see their picks for 100 great pics. That's the really fun part of the article - see what you think.
And yes, I'm hooked on photography. Not doing it, just looking at it. ;)