This is a great piece. Your use of the smudge tool is impressive. I love the expression. I would give you an "Advanced Critique" but I really can't think of anything that would improve this. Very nicely done.
well everything looks quite realistic, the hair seems to be sticking to the head just a tad to much!...it's making almost impossible twists and turns...but thats really just a small remark...u can also look at it as a nice swinging touch...but it just doesn't really look naturalistic...that's all
the hair is what threw me off and thought at first it was a digital painting until i saw the explanation. good job!!! ive been trying my hand @ the smudge tool for quite some time now. failing miserably. but practice makes perfect