I started out painting swirls in black, just to loosen up. Then in an hour and a half I had painted this.
I used a bit of photographic reference for the face.
Sometimes I amaze (and worry) myself; I had not meant for the painting to turn out this realistic, or this nice. It is on bond paper in my art journal/sketchbook. Maybe I should try to paint everything in my sketchbook, then it will all come out awesome ^_^