This is Emily, my husband's grand niece. This portrait was essentially finished at the end of the year, however, I found myself coming back to it over and over. There seem to always be endless lines and shadows to come back in and tweak just a little bit more. I finally told myself, "Enough! It's finished." It will never be perfect and that's not the goal, anyway. I need to frame it up and give it to her.
The next challenge was getting a good copy of the drawing. I guess I knew this but I found out for sure, pencil does not photocopy well. I tried scanning it. That was worse. I was finally able to take a fairly decent photo by trying multiple settings on my camera. It was still a little dark so I resorted to Photoshop. This is probably as good as it can be other than being the original. I have done so little in the way of drawing that I'm struggling with giving away a successful one. Still, Emily will love to have it so away it will go.