Off of a few week hiatus, but man this was a very fun drawing. Despite the temptation to choose the lighter value statue due to time constraints I went with the middle tone choice because I loved the reference you provided.
This was a 3-4 hr effort with a 2b pencil. I did take your advice and purchase a bristle brush which I employed after each pass of tone for a total of 2 times.
I attempted to:
- Shade in a more consistent direction, and employ strokes that move with the form.
- Not outline my shadow shapes too prominently
- Take my time to get as close to the local value as possible without spending too much time on the piece.
Thanks for your time and I look forward to your feedback.