I started my colored pencil class just under a month ago, so I figured it was time for an assessment. A midterm, of sorts. In the interest of doing my best to compare apples to apples, I went back to a colored pencil drawing I did over the summer during my 30 days of drawing food and redrew the exact same image. I used the same paper, but for the recent drawing I used higher-quality colored pencils that I didn't have back then.
I drew this in June 2021:
This is from October 2021:
It's clear to me that I'm making progress, particularly with blending. Given that I didn't even know burnishing was a thing before, that's also a major area of growth. I'm not happy with the shadows in my more recent drawing. I was rushing, but it's also a weaker area for me and something I will continue to practice.