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Often what we see in a photo is much less than we see in reality. The human eye is a wonderful instrument, capable of identifying great numbers of nuances. In a shadow area, particularly, the camera flattens and eliminates many of the variations within, that would give more information about the shape. I tell my students to remember that the camera distorts. But, given that is all one can work from at certain times, I would suggest that you try to develop your drawing much more gradually, all over, rather than dwelling on one area for too long a time. Seeing the relationships between areas of a drawing as they develop as a whole can lead to a more unified look to a work. Avoid developing total black areas early. You may see a need to make one of them lighter than others and you would have no where to go to bring it back. Erasing too much leads to a very overworked appearance. It was nice to see how you worked on the piece in the stepped photos. It enabled me to offer this thought on another method or approach. Geo