This time I was experimenting on making it appear like there was a little more light reflecting the face. Which means lesser dark areas, lesser use of contrast, except when I have to use it for background to pop the figure more forward.
At this point I am thinking of artist Nathan Fowks' work on charcoal, and just wish that I could attend one of his classes. There's so much to learn from this great talent, and so much to marvel how he does it. If you haven't heard of him you should check his works- it's all over the Internet.