Here's my line drawing and first work in progress image for my newest portrait commission.
This is 14 x 17 graphite on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. So far for pencils, I used a Pentel P2015 mechanical pencil with a 2B lead.
I love using 2B lead because I can get such a tonal range just by using more or less pressure and by layering my graphite.
This is how I always start my portraits. I call this stage in my process the "ugly" stage. The lines are loosely drawn and quickly drawn which makes the drawing at this point look like a 2 year old did it. But this stage is used for placement of features only. Sort of like a road map, I map out how I want the portrait to look. Once I have everything where I want them to be and all the features mapped out and mark where the shadows are, I can now start adding tone and texture to bring the portrait to life.
More to come soon!!!