So it's been washed off twice. In a very satisfying gesture, I place the board under the faucet and washed away the pastel drawing that I wasn't happy with.
Finally, on Wednesday evening, I was drawing from the gorgeous miss M and decided to work with color instead of black and white, which I think helped break the spell.
This is the beginning of the drawing, you can still see a lot of the previous drawings beneath.
Even as I covered the surface, I was excited about letting the previous marks show thru. It created a great atmosphere.
There's an interesting tension, as if she's just about to rise out of her chair. Her facial expression, which I'm not 100% happy with yet, also implies a clenched jawline. I re-worked her left hand several times, and I still don't know exactly what to do with it. I'd like to add some more warmth as well.
I don't think I'll wash this one off :)