I managed to improve the hairstyles, marginally.
It seems like I have better luck with shorter styles, so these I will stick to for now... the brief swings more towards longer hair, though.
Also got myself a graphic tablet.
When I mentioned this to my dad ("I want a tablet"), he looked at me in horror and pointed out at "how unstable and unreliable they are". At which point I realized that he was talking about....... tablet PCs. Gauging the situation, I decided to keep it to myself and is now a skeptical owner of one tablet. Graphic tablet, that is. (It's not a Wacom, I'm too broke for that.)
Sooo... does it make me a digital drawing convert?
I use mine to edit croquis on Photoshop and put different colours/fabric details in to make a fashion range. A tablet's sensitivity is much greater than that of a touchpad. I still like my touchpad, and I'm learning to wield my tablet. The nuanced lines a tablet makes is nowhere near old-school manual drawing - I find them too clean-cut and lacking in tonality. I think I will get myself OpenCanvas and train myself in digital drawing, but in the end:
Nothing beats pencil, paper and a nice black Boxy eraser.
(and I mean in a "I get stoned, Biblical Stephen-way" manner. No hemp was harmed during the stoning process.)