I think I'm finished with this portrait. I probably could go darker and push the values but I'm really happy with the likeness and the liveliness of it. So what I'm saying basically is I don't want to screw it up.
This scan is closer to real life than the other two. I changed settings until it looked ok. The others look too solarized or something.
This has been a positive process for me. I haven't drawn realistically on this scale in a long time. I love doing whimsical illustrative stuff but I think I'll consider doing more portraits in the future.
Thanks for looking!!