Very beautiful and interesting picture. Her expression in the after image is very powerful and innocent. You not only improved on anatomy, you also improved on lighting. Very stunning and comforting. Keep up the great work and I am actually hoping you'll be one of the top 10 winners. Good luck to you.
Haha, I know what you mean. I have a sister who is always better at me in drawing, but because of that, I pushed myself harder to improve. What I usually do is draw everyday before bedtime and study the details in random pictures I see everyday. I also got myself a lot of image references and practiced using techniques I see. From just that, I was able to improve in a short time, so I think you can definitely if you try!