So I finally used a reference photo for drawing. Apparently drawing girls out of imagination just results in sad/pensive faces. Of course, the nephews were quick to point out that I wasn't very good at "copying" because I missed out on the strands of hair across her forehead and also clothes! *LOL*
I started with a lightly drawn graphite pencil sketch on hot pressed watercolour paper. I like using a mechanical pencil with HB lead so that I don't need a pencil sharpener. *ahem...lazy bones*
Then I went in with watercolours.
And finished with coloured pencils for depth...[and to cover up mistakes] and a Posca paint marker for white highlights.