So, I was hoping to get a lot done on the elf today. No such luck. I've gotten a cold, and spent most of the afternoon sleeping. :p
I did tone down the highest highlights in her hair a bit, and start shading the dress. The good news is, once the dress is done the figure will be most of the way there. I'm thinking about doing some freehand, though, which will slow it up a bit.
And also finished the latest practice dummy. It's not great, but it's clearly about the best I'm going to get. I don't think there's been much improvement in the last couple.