Holy cow, it's finished! I learned tons doing this guy. My brain feels like it's about to burst, hehe. I didn't know charcoal could do this, or that I could for that matter.
Many thanks to mindcandyman for his wisdom and encouragement throughout this process, and my classmates for inspiring me.
Time to do another one, but I just wanted to share this with you guys, and do a happy dance. Yeah, that's right, a happy dance.