Today I finished the over-all shadows, and was ready to move into darker darks. This is the drawing after only drawing with a hard charcoal pencil...
Shadows are all pretty even, there is a nice value range, but I can go even deeper and darker by using a soft charcoal pencil that creates a richer black.
Detail of the hand area of the drawing...before
And this gets rather dusty, which I am sure is not good for my lungs, so I was looking ever so stylish in my face mask!
(Can you see the thrill in my eyes?)
I did have to laugh at myself many many times. I kept trying to blow the dust off the piece as I was sanding. With the face mask still on.