Well, I've decided that this will be the finished sketch.
I've actually used some techniques that Jason Chan talks about in his videos with this piece. Namely, when I had the piece basically where I wanted it for this week I created an adjustment layer and tweaked the colors a bit which made them a little more dynamic (in my opinion).
Then I created a new layer of the image over top and applied a blur to it, then erased out what I wanted to be in focus.
Neat trick. Next piece I do I'll try this trick out again, but I'll have done the piece with this in mind so it will be a little more successful in the end result.
All in all, I like the sketch. I would like to spend more time to define/refine her face and add a better background. But for now this will be good enough. One of these days I'm going to go back to my old tricks and do a piece 'cell shaded'.
Anyway, I hope you all dig, and I'll see you tomorrow.