I see you used a bit brighter tones on this subject. It looks very well done. I do love that you faded out the background the same way. It does bring a lot if interest to me.The light toned background contrast well with the darker tones of the subject. That is something I do not see very often.
I like that you used rule of thirds for this subject. It gives focus to all of the picture rather than just the subject its self. It is clean cut and well placed. The uneven paint on the subject is highly interesting.