Done as part of a 30 minute class.
My current goal is: Improve my shading and rendering of light
Try to see the shadows as shapes, more easy to understand and work with them.
Nicer job on your rendering of the tones (lights and shadows) on your human face and expression, AuntHerbert. That's a very greater job, so far, so good.
However, I've got one tiniest, littest, and smallest critique for you, namely here is one right now. I think that your tones are completely on the right track. Yet, I'm feeling too much that your shadows and lights are having a bit too much stiffness and harshness in terms of the design and style. Would you like to kindly go to Drawabox to improve and refine your understanding and control of the tones and shades and crosshatching with 20 minutes of 10 minute tone and hatching warm-ups? (2 warm-ups of hatching and cross-hatching)
The arguement why you would, could and should do this improvement and polish is because, though is seems and sounds completely appropriate to your important goal, it can and shall make your lights and shades in hatching the least stiffest and the most fluidest and liveliest.
Good luck, my hat's off to you, and I hope you've found all of these things and more, the most important, vital, pivotal, and encouraging.
Ahm, drawabox.com doesn't focus much on hatching, it's all about construction. The concept drawabox uses is texture. It encourages to develop a catalogue of different textures, training to render them from darkest to lightest tones and applying them to surfaces.
Those hatching exercises I made fun of in one of my drawings are from the first chapter of Arthur L. Guptill's book "Rendering in Pen and Ink". It can be downloaded as free PDF after a bit of a search.
And you are right, I absolutely should do more of them. Thank you for your encouragement.
Good proportions! Smiles are hard this is good!