Gods, how this could land up being a scrap is beyond me.. granted, it is a slightly refined sketch, but that doesn't detract from the power of the image in the slightest! the golden lighting and character are totally amazing, and this could be used as a fine example of creating shape with positive and negative colouring. it's absolutely awesome.
the addition of the lighting effect gives the picture a very contradicting mood. Especially since the stern, sharp edges of the facial expression is juxtaposed with the soft, natural, curves of the hair. great job for a sketch!
IT'S SO PRETTY AUUUUGHHH eue I'm really jealous if this looks even remotely like you orz stalking your art some more, I don't think I've commented on anything, BUT I DON'T EVEN CARE THIS IS BEAUTIFUL WHY CAN'T I COLOUR LIKE THIS AUUUUGH
...*ahem* It's lovely, the colours are spaaaarkly, and her eyelashes are win, I love the shading <3