Three weeks later I see this is not really getting anywhere. I made a couple of mistakes on the male head and had to darken it. The whole picture, though unfinished, lacks coherence and a sense of purpose.
I think it is only fair to admit defeat and stop flogging a horse that now looks beyond resurrection. There is some disappointment of course but on the other hand I am starting on a new, more promising drawing.
Sometimes you have to eat humble and accept failure with some grace.