Let me expand upon jc's comment above. For convenience, I'll pass to the stable homotopy group for a little while. The first stable stem is $\pi_1^s = {\mathbb Z}/(2)$. A representative class is the figure-8 in the plane. The number of double points, modulo-$2$ is the only invariant. There is a construction due to Koschorke or Koshorke and Sanderson. Lift the figure-8 into 3-space, and put a figure-8 in the normal plane. You'll get a twisted torus. It is constructed as a figure-8 times interval with one full-twist. This immersed torus represents a generator of $\pi_2^s$. It lifts to an embedding in $4$-space. That is your generator of $\pi_4(S^2)$. Another representative is the standard: $(e^{i\theta}, e^{i\phi})$
torus in ${\mathbb C}^2$. However, a rigid projection of the latter always has branch points. I don't know how to perturb this to project to the twisted figure-8 torus.

The twisting along the double curve of the twisted torus is a mod-2 invariant. Two full twists gets you to an immersion from which the double curve can be removed.

The homotopy theorists proof that these constructions work is to observe that the framing on the figure-8 (tngt+normal) is induced by the Lie framing on the circle. And the Lie framing represents a generator. Ditto for the twisted torus.

The papers that explain all this are from the era 1978-1988. They include works by Koshorke, Koshorke and Sanderson, Peter Eccles, and a couple of papers of mine.