I don't think anyone is saying "oh i would have done that"--unless I missed something in the posts.
I know I didn't.
I was very clear about that in my critique, and I'm also not sure why there's a put up or shut up attitude going on. I was also very clear about that too. I couldnt do that portrait and never claimed I could. And my work is up on this site and on my website for anyone that wants to look, so I'm certainly not hiding it.
I wont comment on the other stuff about not being allowed to crit another artist's work because that's been covered better by others. I just wanted to make my position clear again, in case people thought I was somehow making flippant remarks about a professional protrait out of jealousy or for some other hating reason. That's just not how I work.