You are definitely talented. And the character looks perfect. The way you shade it, skin tones, it's amazing.
But, and I hope you won't get this wrong because I admire your work and I'm your long time watcher on my other account, I think the background stands out too much. It feels, at least to me, like character became a negative space and background attracts more attention which probably you didn't do on purpose. Also I can see that you did background on a different layer from character and unless you soft it and blend it around the edges it will add more to the background-character attention battle.
I too have problem with backgrounds so I know how it feels when you are lost and don't know what to do with that unimportant space behind.
Again I'm sorry for saying so much but I believe that like me you want to improve and wouldn't mind if someone objectively points out things that don't work out. And I'm really sorry if you don't like when people critique your artwork.
Thank you for the crit, although I didn't ask for one. Generally if I want a crit, I'll ask. No offense to you, but once I've completed a piece I don't go back and edit it, so a crit doesn't do me a lot of good. This was part of a charity project where I did a lot of requested portraits over a very short amount of time. Thanks for commenting though.
Again, I'm sorry. I don't go back and edit the piece either so I would never comment for that reason, but I've seen similar trend in few other pieces you did. The reason I decided to comment is because you should be aware of it if you already haven't. I don't want your amazing portraits to be overshadowed by attention-grabbing background.
I'm pretty sure you can make (or learn to make) simple backgrounds very fast. I'm far from being an expert on it like I've already mentioned, but safe method seems to be less saturated colors and shadow and light variation in accordance with a light source's position.
There's actually a reason most of my art has simple backgrounds 98% of the art I do is commissioned. My commissioners have to pay to have actual backgrounds put in, otherwise I do a simple one by default. I know how to paint backgrounds, but I don't do them for free.
Absolutely perfect, it looks almost like a photograph. The texture of the background, the individual strand of hair, and the flawless skin show just how much work you put into it. It makes me want to work digitally more. I'm going to go fav and watch now.