I entered last year (the photo on the left) but I didn't win a prize. This year's portrait is, I believe, better. I drew with a lighter hand, greater sensitivity, and more accuracy. I sought and received criticism from many sources. This was especially helpful in working out anatomy and perspective problems. I'm very grateful for the help I've received over the past few days and the past year. My principal instructor for this project was my anatomy instructor, Melissa Weinman at Gage Academy of Art. (Both portraits are pastel on toned paper.)
Judging takes place next week. Keep your fingers crossed.