...and a bit more today. I'm pleased with the swan at the back, done with HB, B and 2B pencils. Some delicate blending done with a fine colour shaper. For those who haven't seen one it's a paint-brush shaped tool but instead of bristles it has a silicone wedge shaped piece which is ideal for some fine blending in a tight space. Usually used by me for pastel work but handy for graphite too.
Then more dark on the background. I haven't decided yet as to whether I will put in some suggestions of foliage in the background like in the reference photo. I can do this at the end with my putty rubbers if I want but it may be too busy. I'm quite liking the cloudy effect that is there at the moment, may just refine this a bit.
Slow progress eh? I might be busy all day tomorrow so may not get any more done, we'll see.