I love cross hatching work with a pencil. It's so relaxing and this was a first attempt at something large. I didn't blend the face as it was so pretty and I didn't want to smudge it as I'm just learning. After working on this part of the bigger piece I have a whole new respect and appreciation for artists who do pencil work. Again, the surface is so fragile after you've shaded that all it takes is a fleck of grit or a brush with a sleeve to ruin a whole area.