Finally felt well enough to make the first marks on my newest portrait, “Emanuele” 11 x 14 graphite pencil on Bristol Smooth paper. For pencils, I’m using 0.5mm Pentel GraphGear mechanical pencils with 4H, 2H, H, HB, B, and 2B for his left (screen’s right) eyebrows and eyelashes. I don’t use blending tools, I slowly build up my tones by layering my graphite by making tiny overlapping circular motions with my pencil. I sharpen the tip of the lead on my pencil to a needle point so it’s nice and sharp, which allows me to draw thin hairs and eyebrows and lashes. More to come soon!
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