On my last post, by my quoting Carmean, I didn't mean that "lesser artists" do portraiture, or that portraiture is a lesser form of art. On the contrary, it not only requires mastery of the medium, but also a capacity to embrace, understand, interpret and express infinite varieties of the human condition. No small task. That's why I'm not a portrait painter.
Carmean often said "Lesser artists do that" about what the student was doing with line work, or shading, or some other basic technical thing. Basically telling us we sucked.