A couple of years ago I did an illustration challenge called "Draw 50 Things." The assignment was to do a complex illustration with 50 separate, identifiable items. The piece I did - "Victorian Tea" - is below. I zoomed in on the characters and, even though I'm still working digitally, I'm going for an effect that looks more like it was done conventionally. I still like the look of the full piece below so maybe someday I'll redo the whole darn thing.
I'm also still practicing facial expressions.
Here's the same little girl with a few different looks on her face in a more illustrated style.
I have a long way to go. I'll get there.