watergirl- thanks so much for the kind comment.
peoplepainter- i took a look at your website. wow, you must be really accomplished. do you do commissions as your full-time job? if so, how did you get your name out and start getting so many commissions? being my own boss is definitely my goal. thanks for commenting, it means a lot coming from someone so talented!
i messed around with the pic some more, fixed the jawline and redid the background, so i'll just post the new version and the ref while i'm at it. have a great day everyone!