This seems to be my entry for `zeiva's Art Contest. I don't draw this kind of pictures often, so there are some mistakes in it, I guess.... but I thought I could give it a try..so I decided to draw Essi.
Incredible ! what an unexpected piece from you xD Even if you said you arent familiar with this kind of shading, you TOTALLY nailed it I think the ear should be more darkenned, usually we can only see half if the ear that is visible and clear like this.
Great job on the bg too ^^ I really love those horse, very cool idea.