Wow! Thank you very
much for the feedback, tinyliny!
That's one thing I spent forever on and had a lot of trouble with: her eyes. Since they're not directly looking at the viewer it seems like she is just standing there, smiling for the camera in another direction or whatever, and not because she's really actually happy.
Thanks a lot for the advice about head tilt and things. I really appreciate it and learned from it :)
I already finished it but with the next portrait I will definitely compare tones in the drawing with a black and white photo. That should help.
I tried to thin out her face and make some shadows on the face a little darker and now it looks like the reference photo, finally :) I also shadowed some of the extra white in her eyes. sc01c47e85.jpg
Part of the problem, too, is that the photo was taken with a cellphone camera, which isn't the greatest thing for details, sometimes. But the eyes were the first thing Mom and I picked up on... after I had already done them!
Thanks again for all your help. You have no idea!