I decided at 9pm (yesterday) to draw this Tibetan woman whom I had a picture taken with in Qiuzhaigou, China last year. This colour-pencil drawing replaces the oil painting that I had wanted to do of a Tibetan woman ever since I returned from my trip. I never got down to it but last night, I made up my mind to set a target for completion. The fastest way to do it was to use pencils but I was really lacking in skill there.So I had to pick up some basic skills in using coloured pencils from this book that I've had in my possession for a few years. It is a very old publication but it was really a gem. I browsed the essential points in about 20 minutes after I coloured the face and the hat and found that it wasn't really very appealing. Perhaps I had overdone the ruddy cheeks bit.It took me 3 hours to complete this drawing - the first coloured pencil drawing I ever did in my adulthood. At the end of it I find that I like the background best because it was freehand and relaxing. The rest of the picture was pure labour but through all that self-learning, I came to understand at least the very basics of using pencils to do portraits. One more thing is that I should really get a good set of pencils. Those I used had lead that kept breaking.