Well now, that's not a bad start. You're getting your likenesses down, and that's more important than textures at this stage. You'll eventually learn the texture techniques. I'm still learning them too. I just downloaded Wit Brachna's demos, he's got crazytexture brushes that come with the download! Don't feel so bad taking a year off. Sometimes artists need to take a break when something in their lives is out of balance. I took 3 years off.....had to learn everything all over again, but just started digital. Hang in there. I'm eventually going to do a drawing of Hugh Laurie too, love his show!