Your artwork never ceases to amaze. You seem to have a special talent for capturing the essence of a subject and holding it in through flawless technique. The textures are stunning, especially in the clothing. I like the simplicity of the wall/background, because it makes the subject stand out, giving the feeling of respect via contrast and isolation. The shading is perfect, as is the shine in the eyes. I like the fact that it's a warmer tone as opposed to just plain b&w, it adds to the overall "detached from our world" sort of feeling. I think you have managed to deliver a piece that simultaneously shows an excellence in the craft and provides a breath of fresh air to the, perhaps slightly overdone, space of innocent child portraits. A job well done, and worthy of recognition.