Really, what a dumb idea this was! Tonight I decided to tackle drawing something that's tricky to draw with a pen much less a blade: one of the Charlottes. My first attempt, 5062, looks like a mummy in wraps. The next drawing is of a different Charlotte, and in this one I tried removing the white areas and leaving in the darks.
For my third attempt, yet another charlotte (if I can just find the right subject the drawing will be good!), I stuck to contour lines. Other than the strange teardrop-shaped earring-like thing on the face (which was going to be a dark area before I switched to contour lines only), this one feels a little better. But I'm really interested in doing a value drawing with darks and lights. Contour is too easy. So for 5065 I went back to the charlotte in 5063, changed its pose (that's the solution!), and did a very light contour drawing of the perimeter and a few inner contours. Then I scooped out the areas that were less than 50% gray and turned those into the lights. I actually began to like this drawing in the version in 5066.
I think I over-cleaned it a little at the end, but I'm pretty happy with 5067. It's definitely a strange little drawing, but then what else is a drawing of a charlotte?