I did about thirteen to fifteen little thumbnails for this, and about 3 or 4 large sketches just to play around with poses and color. I started about 2 days ago, and I've been busy starting school and everything, so off and on it took me about five hours. I couldn't figure out what color to put in the far background. I thought about a light blue wash, but decided with a light black/dark grey wash.
I've always had trouble trying to get the right gradients of skin tone for the shadows. But practice helps. Anyways, what do you think?