I decided to stretch myself a bit and try to draw something a little more realistic than what I normally do. I chose a dove picture to work off of and used Tom's method for drawing. Then he showed me how to shade using graphite dust and a stick eraser. I was amazed at how much better my drawing was after he showed me what to do! He is a great teacher.
When I was done with the dove, I shaded the background using a pastel. I was really pleased with the results!
It's not perfect and I'm sure there are some things I could have done to make it better, but I'm happy with it!
I'm also working on some ATC's or Artist Trading Cards. I'll post them later.