Here's a new technique I learned in my art journaling class. I completely covered the surface of my two page spread (though I only used one side when I started drawing).
I put down an oval for the face, and only then did I paint in the features. Usually, I start with the eyes, as I see every artist teach.
Next I clothed my portrait a bit, and wrote how I was feeling at the moment:
"Now that I have the Galaxy Note, I can find anything; just like the yellow pages!"