Hi, I'm 20 years old and completely new to drawing.
I started off with Betty Edwards' "The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" in 2010. I'll start with a couple of drawings from there. I was not far away from that self-portrait exercise but I left it.
This year I started with Andrew Loomis' "Fun With A Pencil" and I hope to stick with it till the end and progress to his other books.
I'm just getting started and I'd welcome any form of criticism (even the harshest, but lol be reasonable) if it helps me become better.
Here's a couple from Betty Edwards' exercises: