Tried something new with the shading, not entirely sure that I'm pleased with it. I do like the way the skin shading came out, but I still think the shading itself is too faint and not bold enough. I also tried something different with coloring the hair. That part I am actually pleased with and I'll probably continue to use this technique over my old one.
Her neck is a tad too long. And yes, the staff is supposed to seem too big for her (that was intentional).
Another character from my tarot inspired story. Ilona is the new Empress after the old one mysteriously disappears. The obvious problem being that she's still much too young for the role. No, she doesn't have to marry the Emperor or anything creepy like that. Despite their titles, the Emperor and the Empress are separate governing bodies.
Background is by ~Nerra