..."Endless sweetness of a deadly bloom...", I wrote in one of my songs(absolutely reference-less, of course... ahem... )... Maybe that's just a reason more for me to LOVE this piece... O_O So beautiful, in everything!
Now I have no more excuses, you totally deserve to be watched!!
There are so many things I love about this picture. D:
My favorites are probably the way you added purple highlights to his hair (it really adds to the purply mood of the picture ^^), and also the way you make him look like a normal-ish human being. And yet, it still looks like Orochimaru. That, in and of itself, is quite the feat.
It's very good! I especially like the shading on his hand:it looks very natural and flesh-like. Also, the reflections on his hair are very well done. His face seems a little round, but it's a nice change from Orochimaru's usual bonyness. All around nice job!