I discovered the amazing talent of Grigor Eftimov:
This is an academic drawing that would not be ashamed to hang beside the best examples found from the Paris ateliers of the 19th and 18th Century:
And this is a very strong portrait -- even if it's veering toward a characature.
Grigor has a blogsite here, and it's pretty apparent that he could have a stellar career in illustration, cartooning, storyboards, portraiture, animation -- probably anything in the graphic arts.
But will he have a career making things that are beautiful ?