Artist in Training

Over the past year or so I've taken up drawing again. I used to really enjoy it and now I'm in that mode where I really want to improve my skills and draw realistically.

Unfortunately, I can get impatient and want my drawing to look like the photo sooner than is possible. I like looking at professional graphite portraits because they're so impressive, but when my own drawing doesn't turn out like that, I get frustrated and want to give up or start again, rather than continue working on what I've got.
I'm going to try to work on being patient with my art - we'll see where it takes me.