Here is my progress
I did a light pencil sketch and am concentrating on the detail in her eyes. Working into the wet paper and building the colour as it dries.
The photo I am using as a reference was taken with a flash, which gives the picture that blown out flat look. I really am not too keen on painting from flash photos, but these eyes drew me in.
I am building up the values ever so slightly and looking over the whole painting to keep the harmony.
The finished painting. I bought myself a white gel pen, to highlight the whites. I have never used one before and found it great, especially on her eyes.
Painted on 300gm hot pressed paper
Using Windsor Newton pan paints and Art spectrum tube paints.