Thank you, thank you! It’s so nice to read that what I tried to impart in this portrait is coming through. I’ve been struggling with my shading, wanting to get a softer look. I know that the sort of cell-shading style vs gradient shading is difficult with watercolor, and I may just not have the experience yet. I’ve been wondering if it may have to do with the fact that I am working from a high quality travel set, but it is limited to only 8 colors (or 7 colors and black), so all of my tone control has to be done with dilution, I don’t have any lighter tones that are full-pigment. That might not make as much difference as I think it does, but to get many layers of a light light skin tone, for example, it has to be VERY watery, and I’m having trouble finding a balance between not having the colors completely blend together, and having hard lines.