Ok, I know this is a little off topic but you give AMAZING advice. I'm something of a "forum cruiser" and have read thousands of replies and attempts at advice. Most advice is pretty general, blasé and not terribly specific. Your advice was written clearly, easy to understand, personal and it even comes with references. I am in the process of ordering the book you recommended on Amazon (can't use my library, I'm on their 10 most wanted list for overdue fines) and I'm going to look into willow charcoal.
I actually finished one of the drawings and I hope you don't mind that I share it with you.
In retrospect I now see that her pupils are too large, the shading is crudely done and her hair needs more work but strangely, I'm actually fairly pleased with it.
So, in conclusion... Thank you, thank you, thank you, your awesome, thank you thank you thank you
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