I started out trying to paint something difficult that I already had a picture of on my computer - and I came up with this photograph of Esme, eyes down, shadows defining her face. I took on a hard subject - I noticed halfway through the sketch.. but one I cared about doing well. After the pencil sketch wasn't quite what I wanted (and Mark said the shadows were very stark), I continued over it in acrylic paint. I might have to try a grid transfer technique to make a larger one. Or, I might just go and do a portrait of Lucy (Esme's dog), to continue on the stretch and come back when I've learned a bit more again.