Now that the roses themselves are (all but) finished, the background is coming along fairly quickly… especially since I’m not relying at all on the reference pic. The foliage has been changed (simplified) quite a lot; as a result I’m looking more at the drawing as a whole instead of constantly referring back to the photo so I might accurately render detail. This is a Good Thing.
It remains to be seen if I’ll be able to manipulate contrast enough to create more of a focal point than exists now. Stay tuned.