I decided to continue with animals, but a more challenging animal than an elephant. Flickr explore had this wonderful photo of a baboon:
This is what I made:
I did most of the hair by lightly shading with a 2H pencil, and the darker patches by adding HB or 2B shading over that. Unfortunately, my scanner hasn’t quite picked up the lighter hair.
The face lines are also not as naturalistic as they should be.
But overall, I’m happy with what I’ve done here. I think this is one of my first drawings where I’ve managed to show the depth in a face properly.
I said when I started that I didn’t want to be good, I just wanted to stop being terrible, and I think I’ve managed that in this drawing.