for me she looks perfect but the expression should of been softer with the kid, i see a lot of times great artists make this mistake, small children shouldn't look this mature. the expression is of a young teen not of childish wonder. and technically, i know the left side of his face should have that shadow but something's off there- the face is totally frontal but the skull isn't..
Great eye! I did have some problems working on this portrait, and I felt the boys face never was quite right. I softened both mom and child, they had some darker shadows because the photo was taken on a beach. I normally have no problem drawing children and making them look their age. My only excuse is... The size of the drawing was very difficult to work with, I had it propped it on an easel, also laid it on the dinning room table and since I don't print the reference photo I had to be able to see the computer screen as I drew. I wound up drawing a lot of the portrait standing up with it upside down or side ways. I did however enjoy much of the details being that they were so nice and big, but I am not set up to work this large and never will again! LOL.