A lady I worked with asked me to do this for her, for a friend's Christmas Present.
The subject was the friend's son, who was out on military leave. She gave me a wallet-size photo to work with.
I re-created it as a 9x11" graphite drawing with a different flag background. I thought the flowing flag did more justice than re-drawing the hanging flag he was standing in front of.
I was there when it was delivered, the lady went from smiling and joking to a look of awe and tears of joy. Apparently her son had also just come in that week early for the holidays to suprise her.