As I'm studying portrait in parallel, I just did not trace the sketch on top of the picture, but I drew it completely. That is why all the defaults, but it was good practice.
My subject is Christiane Taubira, a french ex-minister, and a fierce defensor of equality. She is really so inspiring. She is from French Guyane so that is where I found the color palette and symbols for the background. These are inspired by the artisanal craft of the region.