Came across another photo with smooth curves I really wanted to draw. :-)
Doing this with more intent to realism makes me concious of some things I never really thought about.
Skin is much darker than it seems. Take a photo, convert it to greyscale and that suddenly looks darker than in colour. I’ve always avoided making things darker but using the whole scale from black to white brings more depth to the drawing.
The more detail, the more real it looks. With every little extra things come more and more to life. Which explains why pencils need to stay sharp and drawing on a larger scale is easier to make real.
And here I am trying to do the full body on A4 size. :-P
Drawing with shades instead of “lines” always reminds me of one drawing lesson in school; take a black&white picture, turn it upside down, then draw it.