So Humble by lunargirl
This is a portrait of my best friend - the most gentle, humble and kind person I ever met. I know I know - angels are cliché, but I just had to give her wings to show how much she means to me.
The original is about 3000x3000 pixels and 300dpi, and a small version like this sadly loses some of the rougher brushstrokes and makes it look too smooth. I spend too much time perfecting, and am working on being less dainty and perfectionist! To answer the questions, yes there was photo reference use, one of my own photos of her, but it is not a manipulated photo, I traced her profile off in a quick sketch, so that it would be anatomically correct - as it is a gift for her and her mother, I wanted it to be just right this time.
added: I showed a poor home-print of it to her the other day, and she started crying with happiness! we're planning to get it printed out large professionally so she can frame it. Ah, I'm so happy she liked it!!