i really like this portrait the way it is but it is quite harsh..if you want to try a gentler version you could soften the highlights a little,particularly on the face.
Ilike the second version of the background colour the best too....i reckon if your gonna go there you might as well go there and have fun with the colour
"I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings."
~Thomas Bailey Aldrich~