The was from the first session in a portrait drawing course and is rendered in graphite (which sounds artsier than "drawn with a pencil").
As the artist was struggling to draw the picture, he could hear the teacher heading her way down the line of easels, correcting the other students' art work. Bits of phrases drifted down like "... nose is too big ... lip is too low ... eyes out of place ...". Then when she got to this student's easel she paused.
"Nice", she said.
That really made the artist wag his tail. And when a fellow student walked up and said, "My God! An actual likeness!" those were first hints it might not be ridiculous to try portraiture and caricature as a serious field of study.