While I still feel strongly about my concept, I am hoping my execution is up to par. Painting is definitely a challenge for me -- especially since the criteria excludes blending. We are to show depth and volume with striations of grays. Still, I feel like I'm coming along and Heather showed me some important ways to improve my brushwork and manipulate the paint better. Hopefully I can utilize these tips this coming week!
Below you can view my painting process with the original line art above it. I'm a bit farther than what's shown but you get the general gist!