I also do digital portraits, basically I start with a blank document and create it from scratch, it takes around 12-14 hours to do each one but I love doing it.
I have decided to start a project creating digital portraits of some of the Gurus that I really like and admire, I'm not doing them in any particular order, I'm just seeing who is inspiring me at that moment and going for it =)
The first one is now completed, and it's DulceCandy87, here it is (you can click on it to enlarge):
And then I created a larger artwork from it (again, click to enlarge):
I hope you like it! I am working on the second one already and I already know who the next 3 are going to be. I don't know how many I will do in total, I guess I'll keep going until I don't want to do it any more.
Do you think this would make a good prize for a contest? For me to do a portrait of the winner (or their pet/child)? Maybe as a first prize and then make-up for other prizes (as it takes so many hours to do). Please let me know what you think!