My mind kept skipping more in the direction of what you might call "skill" versus a more traditional "talent" - but really, I have trouble with the distinction. What is talent without skill? Everything takes work, I say. Practice, practice, practice. And to that end, it took me a few tries.
Lastly, I did one with charcoal and watercolour. I put the people closer together, so it (hopefully) is a little bit clearer what has happened. I like this one, too, I like how I was able to keep it light and not too overworked. Ha!