Thank you, Debby, Margo, Joan, Doug, Jennifer, for your comments.
Jennifer, thanks for the input. I'll remember the sequence for the next time.
This is what I have been working the last couple of days. Continue testing of colored pencils on Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook 7x10 inch.
Not that I really need to test the paper anymore but I need to test my colored pencil skills and coloring skills.
This lizard probably was killed by a neighbor's cat in our back yard. It was missing a tail on Saturday morning and I sketched it the closest I dared to get near almost nose to nose. So much of this is made up along the way.
I was also trying to learn to create colorful pebbles and shadowing without real pebbles in front of me.
Lyra Polycolor colored pencil which is perfect for this paper. Lyra is more transparent and I could work in layers without it becoming waxy and glumpy.
Derwent Graphitint - really dragged on this surface and it's way too thick and obvious. I kept forgetting to go light handed and had to erase many times.
For blending, I used a hard paint brush. At times, I wished I used Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils so I could wash it and blend it quickly but I have to avoid water since this is Epsilon and not Alpha.
If this were watercolor, I'm sure it would take me only an hour. But this one had to space out over 4 days here and there. Probably 3 hours on this piece but I like it enough for now. Had wanted a more monotone right side but got too enthusiastic with coloring.