Okay, so normally art with nudity isn't my thing, but, you know, you kept it classy. Also it's funny, I think, the scene plus the description. It's also a really well made scene. So yeah, I'm adding it to my favorites.
The full view really brings out the detail and shading of the piece. The whole piece reminds me of a play. More specifically, Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 6, shortly after the secret marriage. It's like the director wanted to show the intimacy that they both share to convey the feelings of both parties involved and let the audience judge them on there actions rather then the emotions. So the actors are playing there roles, acting it out in taste and intimacy (not following through with the actual act of course), The director on the far right checking through the script and checking the scene in his notes and the artist comissioned to paint the scene for the programme or a thought provoking piece. It's been tastefully done and it displays the beauty of the naked form and the artistic merit of both the painters sketch and the play itself. But all in all, a nice piece which has artistic beauty and an underlying level of understanding.
There's a Lovecraft story this reminds me of, about a guy who painted monsters... that story was less funny and beautiful, and more disturbing, though, being Lovecraft.
Flat-out beautiful linework- I know the effort that goes into this type of line-shading because I work in a similar way in some of my art, though I use ink more often than pencil. Whether you do it traditionally and scan it (in which case this is a clinic in how to balance grit and digital cleanup!), or work directly in digital (in which case this is a clinic in how to mimic tradition media effects in digital format!), its darned impressive. To be honest, I can't tell for sure which one you are doing- which is saying something considering that I have been doing it both ways for years, and know what to look for at this point. The only hints that make me think this is done over a scanned pencil piece are flecks of color and texture variations that look like some of the things that you get from scanned paper. Which is either a brilliant use of a layover texture, or preservation of the traditional portion's integrity. Either way it gets done, the finished effect is lovely.
And the soft paint work is wonderful- again, I see bits of the way that I work myself in here, but you're using it in very different ways! The restricted palette of pastel colors and subtle lighting are extremely interesting to me- being more Ashcan and comic-book influenced myself, I tend toward intense color and high-contrast lighting, so its cool to me to see a similar bag of tricks being used to pull off a totally different style of work. Reminds me of how much of the final look of a piece depends solely on the artist creating it!