First things first. Here's another portrait artist and an example of her work followed by my the first steps of my first assignment.
Our assignment is to come up with a cover for a hypothetical "Art of...(me)" book. Something that will most represent my work in a collection of my best work. Great assignment because it really made me dig deep and think about what is it that speaks "Kim". She emphasized that we need to focus on our strengths and build from there. I knew I wanted to include a compelling face and try for graceful lines. I started there.
Composition study #1
I felt it needed more room on the bottom.
Composition sketch #2
This is the sketch after Rebecca has worked her magic. Proportions were off on woman. Lengthened her body and eliminated her background hand, giving her a cleaner silhouette. Worked on dress and narrowed the frame. She also fixed a tangent and defined shapes. Now to get better reference for body and dress and redo.