This is a character from a roleplaying campaign of mine. The title says "queen", but she's actually a sort of dutchess. She has quite some role in the campaign, even though it's not very clear to the players yet.
This was an attempt at getting some more realistic portrait drawing done, including skin texturing. I looked at some references for the light, but otherwise she sort of grew all of herself ... I learned a lot with this image.
All done from scratch in GIMP2.4 using brushes and not much more.
As usual I'm very interested in getting critique on this; it's a new style for me.
EDIT: changed the lighting considerably.
For those interested in a workflow summary for this, take a look here: [link]