Alan, at Watercolour Club. Pencil 148 x 105 mm
Seriously, what do they think when they see artists getting credit for what they do anyway, especially when using pencil? Do they think that drawing like a photograph from a photograph, degrades their art? As there is no movement, no 'dithering'*, the whole thing becomes a technical exercise in tone and shape, rather than line and form. which is what pencils are for. A photorealism 'portrait' may look 'life like' but I feel the life is squeezed out. The artist brings out the 'life' of the person, in particular when the drawing shows development, a layering of discoveries in the sitter, with the observations and intentions of the artist.
* Harold Speed's term.