I'm kinda getting back into drawing like this again...probably due to watching Bleach and surfing through some anime-esque galleries on dA, hahaha! I've been reading many comics from my local library as well and there's a number of them illustrated by Naifeh (magicker of Courtney Crumrin's bewitching escapades). I copied his particular style of eyes; you can see several pairs in the photo in where I scrawled his name...
SOOOOOOOO. That book deal? Yeah, it's officially called off. Apparently the publishing company was no good. The author had her lawyer look over the contract; he said that it was vague in the terms of the money she would get and advised her against it.
She's gonna postpone the project for a while...finish up her business now and maybe revise her book and find an agent next year. Good news? I didn't waste my time on dozen of these sketches, she paid me for my time: listening to her and laying the groundwork for future illustrators.
I felt so bad taking the money though! She didn't accept the sketches I had done so far, she only wanted her manuscript and reference photos of her family and the geese.
I do have a picture. It's about 90% finished, some facial features need some colouring in, the shirt needs shading and the sash's colour needs to be fixed. More uniformity, really. She's not going to have a background...just a floor, hahaha.