That last experiment with the soft edge brushes wasn't working out so well, so I repainted from scratch. Soft edge brush only was definitely a mistake. also, working from my darkest value out to my lightest value was screwing with me. Must remember to block out the shapes of the shadows and the shapes of the lighter forms and then work from there.
Also, must remember to keep colors under control. The colors on this one is much more to my liking.