Well, I've been plugging away on this portrait. I've re-started this portrait like 5 times now. I finally have it to a point where I'm "OK" with it. I like it enough to continue on (I have to now that Halloween is where - Christmas is right around the corner).
I'm using lighter tones and have the facial features mapped out and in proportion to the face I think.
So far the leads I'm using are HB, 2B, and 5H. On the left side of her cheek (screen's right) I want to curve out the cheek a tiny bit to give her more of a smile. Another update coming soon!