this is amazing! i've learnt so much from you already and there's still so much more to learn! but i'm still flabbergasted as to how you get your proportions so spot on. any tips? you're a huge inspiration, by the way.
haha I saw the dates after I posted but the comment holds true I'm sure your technique has changed since this. Your new stuff has a smoothness to it that I don't think this could have. I also like seeing the progression of your "Glossy eyes" its very cool!
Crosshatch, then blend? I have this chronic tendency of over-smudging or over-shading. I envy how your portraits can have a lot of white or negative space in them, and yet have so much volume. Very nice drawing, very talented artist.
I never go for full photorealism, so you probably must not follow my technique if that's your aim. I do lots and lots of layers of crosshatch, and the final 1-2 layers circulism. Then I might or might not blend, depending on the feel I need for the piece.
Blending is something that can easily be left out, sometimes I choose to blend quite a bit make things look smooth, sometimes less and sometimes not at all. The important bit is the pencil work one does before deciding whether to blend or not
I use extra smooth Bristol board - it's not easy to use as you can;t really afford to use an eraser, but worth it because of the quantity of detail it allows.
Cool. I'll try to get my hands on some of that tomorrow. I've been drawing on cheap inkjet paper because I was struggling to find paper smooth enough to do what I want with. I will upload some trials very soon. Thanks