Yours kicks mine's ass , the one that you commented on was as far as I was able to get. I spent a crap load of time on it and finally gave up on it. I am waiting to retry but think I need to get more concepts of digital painting down till I'm ready to tackle it again.
The nose is definitely the strong point of the piece. I really get an icy feel, but I think the eyes are a little overdone. In camera terms their exposure needs to be toned down. Adding more value would improve it, in my opinion, a lot.
You have more dedication than me. What should our next project be? Landscape?
Two questions; How do you blend well in Photoshop (Do you just use gradual variations in color, or is there some helpful tool to smooth), and how do you create a link out of a word?