As promised, here is another version of the illustration I posted two days ago. After a trip to the art store, I had better success with using my new Prismacolor Fine Line markers for the detail work of the eyes and mouth. I also purchased Prismacolor Fine Line Brush Tip Markers in sepia and black so that I could outline the skin in sepia (less harsh than the black) and also outline more freely the other details of the illustration in black.
I’m pleased with the progress, but am still aiming for a lot more freedom and whimsy. Is another version in the works? You bet!