Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed input. I know I didn't show all of my processes but I did research frankincense and myrrh. I chose frankincense oil instead of solids and believe it or not that is what myrrh looks like. It is a waxy resin. They sell them in these tiny little bottles and bags. I guess for children at Christmas. These are my mice from Inktober. I got a little bit of a following with them so I brought them back for Christmas, that is why the mice don't follow the traditional three kings exactly.
As far as the bottle goes. Yeah, I was drawing from memory and I should have used a reference.
Also, when I was trying to draw a straight line for some reason my pen went wonky and did this wavy line thing when I bore down. I saw that happened to someone else on the forum. I think it distracted me and I lost my groove on it. I worked on it a little more. Don't know if it is better or not.
I am trying to find a balance between whimsy and realism. I want my objects to look like they belong but not necessarily be rendered as realistically as possible. For example, I seriously doubt mice could carry anything the way these three are.
@Rachel-Horne I took your advice and my son's as well who said I needed to pump up the color a little bit on the bright spots. He thought it would make the muted colors even more muted. @robgale @robgale I also worked the ground a bit more ( I wasn't sure what patchy meant but I did my best!) Does it look better?
I think overall this is a success for me. I wanted a highly textured, whimsical, highly rendered line drawing with good gestures. I may have to be done for now. Still taking care of my son who just got out of the hospital (he had major surgery but is doing MUCH better) and I have several major assignments due for grad school plus and an Advent book to finish for my wife (who is my number one client).