Okay, here's how it looks with sharp dropoff. I've started to clean it up a little. The actual image is enormous, because I was initially planning on going into detail. I don't want to leave it this rough, but I'll avoid cluttering it up with detail. I guess I'll start working on a copy just to be safe, ha ha. I'm so paranoid that I'm gonna ruin a picture when I work on it, and have done too much to go back. The kind of "ruined" that sneaks up on you as you finish a piece, not a single big mistake. Like deciding to detail it. Ah, well.
I'm done for the night, but this is already turning out much better than a lot of my previous work. I won't even bother linking my dA at this point. I'm more tempted to disown it.
Thanks for all the feedback so far!~