This was supposed to be a watercolor Suzi Blu exercise, but I didn't have watercolor paper yet. Stonehenge doesn't make good watercolor paper.
I started layering with colored pencil, as Suzi does. The stage above was my favorite stage of the drawing (even though the shadow kind of looks like a beard).
As usual, I went too dark and too heavy with the paint. And continued layering with colored pencil.
At this point, I called it done, but it wasn't done. And I didn't really like it. I was trying to do a finished Suzi Blu colored pencil portrait, but colored pencil isn't my medium. I posted it in the private Gypsy Warrior Facebook group. Suzi said I needed to layer more slowly and that I burnished too quickly, which loses detail and flattens it all out into just a few colors. Her layering can take six hours. So I kept working on it.
The drawing did need some more work to finish it, but I'm still not happy with it. Especially the hard lines of the face. I like the eyes, but that's about all. The lips look like too much lipstick. I'm still not sure about the waxy Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. The only place it looks good is in the more folk-art Petit Doll-like drawings, in my Buttefly 2 Journal (will show in a future blog post.)