My hair has recently gotten long enough to put it into pigtails, and I wanted to get a picture of it before I chop it all off. Since I am allergic to using a photograph for my profile pic, I whipped up a realism-y sketch.
I'm actually pretty happy with the colors here. There are some parts that could use a little more saturation, but eh. I think I'm also getting better at realistic lineart, which has always been a big problem for me.
One of the reasons I like drawing profile pics is that it gives me license to experiment a little without feeling like I need to play to my strengths or whatever. Even when I'm drawing characters I have concrete references for, whether they're my own or someone else's, I always feel pressured to stick to what I know--stylistically and otherwise. Given the amount of design I've been doing lately (rather than illustration), quick sketches like this are very creatively satisfying.