Charcoal Sphere (and face)
I took a lot of drawing classes in college. I don’t remember the exact year this is from, but I do know it exists because I learned about the different parts of shadows in another class and wanted to exercise what I’d learned. Highlight, mid-light, deep-shadow, reflected light, cast shadow? Something like that. I was (and still am) proud that I could make such a convincing sphere. Every once in a while I doodle one somewhere just to prove I can still do it.
The other elements were just supporting characters for the sphere and its shadows. I had gotten pretty good at lips and I guess I just wanted to feel good about this piece overall. But the lips threw off the balance and purpose of the piece, so I had to bring in some other element. Had to mess up the eyes after all that other stuff went so well (facepalm).