Here are the stages I underwent to create this little portrait. I'm not able to share the original photograph but she held her thumb in her mouth, so I needed to use a little artistic license and hopefully it worked out.
When the sketch goes well it is incredibly encouraging!
I wanted to try a sepia effect out of curiosity, which also helped establish the quite complex garland I'd drawn out.
I initially thought of yellow for the lilies, so her face and hair would stand out, but I wasn't confident in my colouring style providing a strong enough effect, and pink was the next best choice for such a delicate and beautiful little face.
Several hours in at this stage.
It's always a risk not to to the face first, as not getting the likeness would mean starting again, but I work from left to right and whilst I could have protected the face with paper, it may still have been effected by my hand brushing across it to colour the flowers - I haven't quite yet mastered working upside down :)
And here she is complete, in sepia and full colour version.
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