This piece was the first time I really experimented with value and placement of value. The outline of the pear is simple and the surfaces were smooth, so without the value changes there would have been absolutely no texture or interest in the piece. I also feel that the values I used made the piece realistic. My biggest challenge for this piece was drawing the shadows and highlights exactly as they appeared in front of me. Because the pear was so simple a form to draw, I wanted to get every nuance of the shading perfectly captured. Lots of times I had to erase value I had laid on too dark and try again. Sometimes the value changes were so subtle that they were nearly impossible to detect. I overcame this challenge by staying relaxed and focusing as hard as I could to notice every detail. My piece didn't include a wrapper, but I think the lines in the bite marks would have been a lot less striking and definitive had I not made them so crisp and darker than the rest of the fruit. For this piece, I wanted to blend out the values and make them smooth, like the pear itself. Had I not blended them as well and let the pencil strokes show more, the texture would have read as more rough than reality. If I could redo three things about this project, I would entirely redraw the first pear, the left bite mark on the third, and the shadow on the fourth. I learned how to capture shadows and highlights accurately through shape shading with this project, which was a concept I applied to my still life drawing. I also learned to more closely observe objects.