These 12 photos were taken after each day of work on my drawing. The length of time that I worked on each day varied from less than half an hour to two sessions of perhaps up to 2 hours each; each day, not session, is represented by one photo. I cannot talk you through the photos in detail as I did not keep any record of what I had done.
I draw onto Daler Rowney Airbrush Bristol board, which has a smooth, white surface.
The first photo shows the initial sketch and some general light shading/blending. I do not use the grid method but instead mark some key positions (corners of eyes, mouth, nose, width of face, etc.) and base my drawing around these marks. I initially work from a b/w laserprint of my reference picture to make things easier and generally now mark the key positions using the method in this link northumbrianartist.deviantart.…, but without cutting my reference into strips.
I made the initial sketch very lightly with a rather blunt 6H pencil (on its side for drawing lines) as it is very important not to damage the surface of the paper.
For the initial shading I used a hard pencil on its side using circular shading and then blended with a tissue to smooth the already smooth texture of the Bristol board. I then used a 0.3mm 2B mechanical pencil with Pentel Ain Stein leads, again using circular shading and blending to darken this initial shading, building up in layers. I do much of my shading with this pencil as it is very versatile - the lead blends very well and by turning it to get a sharp edge, very fine lines indeed may be made.
The following photos show how I increased the depth of the shading on the skin using circular shading as I gradually added the darker tones in layers, using 4B, 6B and 8B as necessary. I was increasing the shading on the face, around the cheeks and especially on the cheek on the right of the picture, using up to an 8B pencil, right up to the time I finished the picture. Unlike some on DeviantArt, who use the grid method, I gradually build up tone over the picture as a whole rather than completing one area fully before moving on to a neighbouring one.
From the time that I started on the hair I was drawing directly from the computer screen as the definition and contrast of the laserprint was insufficient for more detailed work. I worked from both colour and b/y photos.
For the hair I started with 5B, lightly, to establish the direction of the hair strands, followed by blending to give a base for further layers (photo 6). I then started darkening with a 5B, except on the braids, which were very dark, where I went straight in with 8B. Hair texture was given by repeated blending, lifting out with kneadable eraser, adding more pencil, of increasing softness in the darker areas, and repeating the drawing - blending - erasing cycle until I was satisfied. I used the TomBow Mono ultra-fine eraser, trimmed with a craft knife, to erase fine highlights.
For the fleece, I started with a somewhat blunt 5B drawing overlapping ‘squiggles’, blending and repeating in layers, reducing the blending as I built up the texture, adding darker shadows for seams and folds using 6B and 8B pencils. I lifted out highlights with a kneadable eraser.
I owe my thanks to Yves Picq , the photographer, who has made his photo Madagascar_0577a available for derivative works, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Here is the finished drawing and here are links to two more of my 'drawing processes'
Welcome to DeviantArt. I hope that you get as much pleasure and inspiration here as I have done. Regarding your English, there is absolutely nothing to apologise for - it is perfect apart from the lack of capitalisation of the G in God and the E in English!
And what about smudging? I my case it is still a problem.
For all, when working for many hours.
That's why I draw from top towards bottom and try to avoid soft pencils.
And then how you fix the drawing at the end?
I am using a special spray, but it does not not fix 100%.
Greeting from Merano, Monika
I am working on a picture of twin sisters.
Both children have black hair and beautiful big black eyes so
I will have to use some soft pencil this time. It is a A3 format.
I will post it when is ready
Yes, Merano is indeed a nice city. It is surrounded by the Alps.
Southtyrol is in general a great place for making holiday if you like mountains.
Thank you again and have a good day, Monika
As for fixing, I use a very cheap unscented hair-spray. Probably not a good idea, but it seems to work and slightly increases contrast and reduces graphite shine. It is still possible to erase using a Faber-Castell Perfection eraser pencil if I subsequently find something that needs slight alteration. I keep my drawings in clear polypropylene sleeves or mounted behind glass, so they are not subject to abrasion, so should not smudge after I have finished them.
Merano looks a very nice place to live, but I suppose you get a lot of tourists. My nearest town is Cambridge, which is full of tourists in the summer!
And thanks for your mention of squiggles to do the fleece jumper, anytime I've drawn cloth in the past and it turns out to look looking like the reference, or material, I never write down or can remember the combination that made it. Like going from thin cloth, to coarse wool of an old tweed suit.---Thanks Again.
I will change my description to include this.
Now I see in photo #1-5. has the light outline, #6 there is a blend and also shows the direction of all the hair lines, with darker points where the hair will be darkest by the finish. ... Then you made magic with 5B to 8B ... The Mars lumograph would be good, as the higher the "B" the wider the lead.