I started to post a step by step of this portrait of my girlfriend jen, but I forgot to keep taking pictures! I guess this is why I dont post step by steps! I have a hard time deciding where one step ends and the next starts. I can say that I usually do basic shapes of shadows first and then the basic color blocking. After that there are no steps, just layering until I feel it's done. I also like to have a photo of the person in black and white as well as color, it helps me not to get stuck in the real colors and be more free with my color choices. Obviously, Jen isn't purple!