This one was relatively quick, which usually means it comes out good. It's the slow pieces that usually suck.
Anyway, here are some snapshots along the way.
The first roughs:
A refined version of the sketch:
This is the first attempt at painting. Note how the body has changed significantly. It's more apparent at this point also that the foreshortening isn't working. There's no sense of depth.
Better depth now, but I spent way too much time futzing with her face. I couldn't get it in a natural pose. I kind of like the expression here, but the flow didn't seem right.
This one has more tension and action to it, but it seems unnatural. That flat side view especially doesn't go well with the flow of the body.
Here's the final. Rocks have been detailed, the face is now a more natural angle. The overall lighting is more subtle. I erased the hair and started over again. Sometimes it's easier to do it that way to get the shape right.