I'm trying to put some new "sample" portraits up in the gallery and thought I'd try to improve this one that I'd started last year, but set aside due to some drawing and temperature issues I had with it. I like it much better now. The image below is the "before":
Cute enough, I suppose, but the hat didn't sit on her head correctly, and her face was warm and warmer, with no ochres or blues.
Below is the reference photo- perhaps an oft-used image from the reference library at wetcanvas.com:
by Susan Carlin on 3/16/2009