"Vicky was one of my favorite commissions that I did over the summer. The client supplied a ton of great reference photos, and was in no rush for the finished piece. So, I took my time sketching out a bunch of different views and compositions. I worked in charcoal and watercolor and really enjoyed trying to get a feel for her personality. In the end I asked the client to choose which he liked best, and this was it, which was my favorite too. Funny thing was that this was from a crumby reference photo (dark, oddly cropped, not in focus) but it really had a nice feeling to it and I think that's what came across in the painting. That's why I always ask for a few different reference photos, because you never know whats going to work, especially when working in a looser more expressive style like this. I hope to do more like this!