I have been having lots of fun playing with portraits in Photoshop. I initially tried both "realistic" painting and cartoon styles. I much prefer painting, it is more my style.
There are so many cool tools and brushes in Photoshop to make this easy and fun. You really should give it a try. Remember it's just like any other method of creating art, it takes practice. Relax and have some fun... my motto as usual.
There are heaps of tutorials available online to help you get started.
Next I want to try some animals, my cats will be the willing models as usual. Fur can't be that different to hair, can it?