This one was the first piece I did for PC Gamer, The Mona Vance. It was an interesting challenge. Mona is such an icon the anything that isn't Mona herself, just isn't mona if you see what I mean.
I figured the best way to approach it was to get the style and colouring as close as I could and hope that the pose would carry it. For reference I took a
load of shots using Gary's Mod, which was really useful, as well as shots from in-game. For shading the face I used the photoshop equivalent of the sfumato technique Leonardo used,
a gradual fading into shadow using black.