here's some practice in the meantime...
view from the tiny manchester state park (actually, this is what the whole puget sound looks like: staggered islands brimming with trees).
did this with a 2H pencil, so i had to darken it up quite a bit... sorry for the poor quality.
here's a man i drew who was sleeping on the ferry. he was the perfect subject because as soon as i was done drawing him as resting his head on his right hand, he shifted to his left.