Melinda, colored pencil on toned paper
I keep thinking about painting, and then going back to the trusty sketchbook and working with colored pencil. This is Melinda, and I did the portrait for Julia Kay's Portrait Party. I took way too long with this, going back and adding darker and darker values to make her face stand out. I probably could have pushed the dark values more, but I wanted to be done with it. I usually choose reference photos that have dramatic shadows, and that was true here. But mostly I think I liked her direct gaze.