Here are a few of the thumbnail options I came up with:
But in the end I decided to go with the option with her with long hair. Although, the middle composition above was a close second for me. I may edit my painting again and paint another version of her like that.
Once I had my composition, I began painting her with shapes of value:
Here's a close up as I was working on the eye:
And here's my finished painting!
I'd love to see what you all create too! :) https://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Paint-a-Portrait-in-Photoshop-Blank-Canvas-to-Finished-Illustration/623367817/project-guide
And if you have any questions, please let me know. :)