wow, this is just amazing work ! !
I particularly love the smoothness of the skin tones, the lips are particularly well done, and that head of hair ! love love the hair
as for the bg, without the petals would have made your piece look more dramatic, but with the petals it works too....it actually made me think of the 70s for some reason, I remember the cover of all the albums I used to purchase with the face of a beautiful female singer , like Donna Summer.
so congrats, I love your piece !
I'm just wondering if you drew her from your imagination, or if you have a model, or used a reference photo ? I'm very jealous of your subject...lol....I've been looking high and low for a beautiful reference to do a portrait of an african american