Thank you! Even still, I have so much growing to do, especially when it comes to metal (something I run into often with my fantasy art!) Swords especially seem to give me a hard time. I'll make it to a point that looks like your step 6, maybe 7, (and even then not so spot on on my tones and light source,) but this really shows me how to finish it off. You show this beautiful, almost 3-dimensional effect that I've been striving for. So I'll definitely have this up the next time I tackle it!
Looking over your gallery, your art is amazing. Definitely worth a watch!