Despite only doing one idea sketch of my "self portrait", I went ahead with the actual drawing. It was actually incredibly relaxing and entertaining. Emphasizing certain features doesn't damage self esteem as much as you might expect. Actually it makes them easier to accept.
This isn't inked yet, but I started the drawing of Ellie, too. I think she needs to be fluffier and goofier. Before anyone gets offended by her eyes, I drew them that way because A) I'm exaggerating a feature she already has and B) it's a cute detail.