how many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man ... how many years can some people exist before they're allowed to be free ... the answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind the answer is blowin' in the wind
I agree, the last one is beautiful! I also think that your portrait looks like the picture though I have few suggestions to really focus on next time:
1. The eyes. I read what materials you where using and that definitely adds difficulty, but I think that a few adjustments would go a long way to making the eyes look more realistic, because they look somewhat flat. 2. Work a bit on the symmetry of his face. If you're copying your profile picture, he's looking up a bit, and while the shape of his face and the shading on his skin replicate that, the glasses and the lips look a little off.
That's just me being nit-picky though. The texture you have looks great (there's a definite difference in the facial hair, skin, and hat), and I love how his nose turned out, I always have trouble with those. And kudos - conte is a pain in the neck to work with (I'm working on a compressed charcoal/conte piece currently) and I think you're doing splendidly!
The title pretty much explains it all. One of my first tries at still life
It's kind of inspired by the "Hitchcock Blonde". You know, in Alfred Hitchcock movies: Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren, Ingrid Bergman, Janet Leigh...all in their cute little dresses but involved in some sort of sinister plot.