My old profile (cattitudinal) was kind of a test run to see if I like the community here. Well, I've confirmed that I do, so I brought in my actual profile.
You can feel free to send the art piece to me, to my old profile, or on your general forum.
Just an FYI, really.
Oh that's easy. The problem is that people under-estimate how easy charcoal smudges and try to overcompensate when using it. Think of using it as like fingerpaint. The only way to get fine details with either is to have a huge drawing, also that when smudging it imagine that it's like water and any highlights are areas you want to keep dry. The only way to get true highlights is to not smudge it in the first place and drage the charcoal from the shadows to the midtones.
I got back from grocery shopping and have all my stuff out to draw, but fa is down and didn't save your reference. Do you have a Da page or a link to your reference for your character? If you don't I'll have to wait till fa is back up.