Eliza - Developing a look

While working on larger projects I try to always take time to develop my personal projects and I'm still working on "Eliza" and her story whenever I get the chance.
Lately I've been working on developing Eliza's look. I'm very happy with the work I've done with her so far, but I think I've gotten to a point where I'm limited by her original design. (Also, I think the pig-tails were a bit too cliche...)

So here are some new ideas I've been playing with, for both a new hair style and a new more expressive face structure. Not sold on anything yet but I think I'm headed in the right direction!

Chinese Cookbook

Recently I was able to take part in an exciting project with a talented local chef who is looking to produce his first cookbook. Chef Cy Young is an extremely talented personal chef who has lived in and traveled throughout Southeast Asia. He has brought back and translated his favorite recipes, making them health conscious while maintaining fantastic flavors. (And I can tell you from experience his recipes are wonderful!) 
Here's a preview for everyone of the cover I helped design for him. The first image is some of the runner-up sketches (which I'm still very fond of):

The second image is the final design we decided upon. Behold the marvelous bok choy! Chef Cy wanted something clean and traditional and this is his favorite layout. The book "Chinese Cooking for Americans" should be available soon and I highly recommend it if you're a fan of great healthy Chinese cuisine. Visit his website for information and future news!


I must go down to the seas again...

A new portfolio piece, I learned a lot about boats for this painting which was fun and enlightening. I didn't grow up anywhere near the ocean so it has always been a foreign and beautiful thing to me.

Both the full piece and a close-up. - Photoshop