I am nearing the finish of this drawing. I spent a few hours on it this afternoon and now there is almost no paper left uncovered. I still have some small adjustments and tweaks to do, but it is nearly done. The rolling hills/background toward the left side are something I’m not thrilled with. It’s hard to know just how to capture the distance effectively. I expect that letting it rest overnight is necessary and will be helpful for that issue. I find that if I work too long on a drawing in one sitting, I end up getting a little frustrated with it, so it was time to let it set.
The sky was done with some very light, careful layers (almost like a dusting) of charcoal, and then a thorough rubbing with a larger sized, well-used blending stump. For even, thorough coverage, I rub very firmly in a tight, circular motion with the blending stump.
Thanks for looking. I hope to finish this up very soon!