This is AMAZING. I wish i had your skill! I love the detail in the face and I can never do freckles. The shading in the hair and the slight messiness is very realistic. Something that could use a little work are the things like the hair ties in the braids, but thats all i can see.
(Now I guess you probably have improved because this was made in 2004, but meh...)
gosh. this is my second time commenting i think. i just don't think i've expressed enough adoration for this the last time >.< i've recently started pencil sketches, and i would fav this 100 times if i could. you are amazing.