Usually for a drawing like this I would use a smoother style of shading. Using the crosshatching instead made me build up the tone by laying light storks which become darker the more they are applied. I do some times go too dark too quickly so these prevented me doing so.
I used a wide range of pencils from F to 8b to black charcoal drawing pencil. In a drawing I did for part one of the course I spent a lot of time on it and looking back I think the shadows are not dark enough. I should have created more contrast which helps wit the form. So here I deliberately used very faint and very dark marks to see how it turned out.
The subject is a dried rose bud. I played with some thumbnails for composition and to decide between the bud and a dried orchid flower. Although I find the dried orchids more interesting and unusual. As the exercise was concerned with form the curbed volume of the bud suited best.
I’m happy with the composition, which is deliberately thought out. The shadows bottom left balance the bud top right and the tendril like leafs give it character.