ah thanks so much! and that does make sense, i put effort in that too because i don't smudge, i just use circulism and different grades of pencils to achieve the right textures. so i'm happy you said that!
it was fun to do - usually i let the photograph guide me, recently i've been starting with an idea and looking for suitable form. i had to adjust both images quite a bit to make them work together. good challenge!