I tried another attempt at a soft ground etching while drawing from the live model.
I applied the BIG ground the previous Friday, 3 days earlier. I FIRST brayered on the BIG grounds on a piece of newsprint, and then transferred the wet newsprint to the copper plate, like I did with the previous soft ground drawing (which I drew last Saturday -- I prepared this copper plate at the same time).
Again, after a 3 hour model session, I peeled the newsprint paper off the copper plate, and a clean reverse image showed on the back of the drawing (from the BIG ground I picked up with my pencil marks).
This "cleaner" drawing promises to etch better too: