It´s not exactly the beginning, but one layer of the finished piece. You can call it the "contrast-layer", since it shows all the halftones. It´s darker, ´cause the "color-layer" has an illuminating effect and there is also a "light-layer" on top with the sunbeam and the magic sparkles.
As for the portrait, Leafpath´s dolls and char-sheet were a great help to picture her, since I wanted to make sure to hit her creators taste. ^^