Figure out what needs to be detailed and what doesn’t. Not everything deserves the same amount of time spent on it and if you try, you’ll fail. I tried and now it’s super obvious where I ran out of time.
Stop worrying about smoothness, the actual placement of light and dark is far more important.
Seriously, stop doing studies of photos with tons of goddamn fucking baskets.
Based on photograph. 3 hours in photoshop.