I have HOURS into this thing and here's state #10:
Why, yes. I know. It IS very dark and you can't see much. I keep scraping and burnishing and and everytime I proof, I can't tell if I've done anything.
Basically, I have to stop being such a wussie, go for broke and burnish the crap out of this... Wish me luck. Maybe I won't end up adding an extra nostril by mistake... Faces are hard enough — with an eraser.
Video Sample: Painting Peonies in a Garden
20 hours ago