Finally done with this! I've learned so much in attempting this piece - far more ambitious in terms of background and composition than any I've done before, not to mention lighting. I tried to capture the glowing desaturated colour of dawn light on snow - and while I am aware that quite a lot of the lighting is nonsensical, I hope it still reads relatively well. Next time, I will try to do a lot differently at the outset of a piece, locking the lighting and values down early on rather than playing catch up with them later!
The girl is the main character from a story/novel I am currently writing. I've written well over half of the main plot, but since I began it in a very haphazard and impetuous manner, I haven't greatly elaborated on her home life. So this is her, out with her family on a hunting expedition in the frozen forests of the far North
The dog leaping at her is intended to be an adolescent, since a full-grown husky would knock her flat in an instant, and she is meant to be quite young - if you're curious as to the reasons behind the scale of dogs vs. girl.
I used various images from google image search as inspiration and reference, though none as hugely close reference. I'm afraid I forgot to bookmark them as I went, since I was mostly just glancing at them to guide my painting >< If you recognise any images, please let me know and I'll credit them
There are quite a few rough edges in this still, but I am content to leave it as it is for now
All critique and advice is welcome!