It's the contrast between the character and the background that gives the picture it's power but the shps gives it some fine detail that you can't discover without taking a second look. Good job on this one.
It was for my concentration. You have to make 24 pieces, 12 are breadth (moreso observation and experimentation) and 12 are concentrated works that integrate with one another based off of an underlying theme or style or whatever. My theme was subconscious or something. I don't really remember. For the most part I just painted what I felt like doing and bs'd it to give everything a common link