Initial sketch, just getting in the shapes ..
Starting with the eye..
I really liked this eye
both eyes done and a little shading done with a paperstump..
Starting adding some lines in the hair., and shaped the nose..
Shading in the hair..
light shading around the face.
almost done, not happy with bits of it but I don't have the skills to change it. I could start over, but I think it's important to keep them all as a learning tool.
I darkened the background to help define the face a little.
overall it turned out ok, that is to say I really like it as a face.. I am just not happy with the resemblance to the little girl. Having said that, I am not a portrait artist, I never will be. Even if I was, I don't think the point is to create an exact replica of a person. If you want that then take a photo. A drawing is more of an interpretation, sure it's great if they can be recognized, and over time I hope to get better at that. But it's more about bringing a face to life...maybe? I have no idea really, all I can say is that I enjoy these faces. I do not find them easy at all, they truly test my patience. But hopefully I am improving.