I'm going to try again. I made some mistakes, and I want to see if I can do a few things different on the next try... I don't have a dark background, but I am inspired by the way you use curves in your drawings, and how you can make a narrative out of each element you use. I need to work out the color palette for this drawing, and I need to sharpen my pencil more, and somehow find contrast and volume without going dark. Every time I go too dark, I feel like I'm going down the wrong road (with this image).
Thank You for inspiring me! This is not easy... Best,