Here is a new portrait I'm working on. "Elizabeth" 11 x 14 pencil on Bristol Smooth paper.
I'm using Pentel P205 mechanical pencils with a 2B lead. No blending tools are being used. I am layering my graphite by making tiny tiny overlapping circles (Ricky circles) and achieving deep darks by layering and using a harder hand pressure. As the tone goes lighter, I lighten my hand pressure.
For her hair, I am drawing each strand, again overlapping the strands and varying my hand pressure, for darker hair I use more pressure and for lighter/highlighted hair, I use a lighter hand pressure. For strong highlights in the hair, I use a Mono Zero eraser which I cut the tip at an angle to get a super shard edge which allows me to "draw" the strong highlighted hairs.
More to come soon!