Start out by picking your pencils. I used a 6B pencil for dark shading, a B pencil for shading/lines, and a 3H pencil for lighter shading and lines.
Start out with a basic sketch. Use guidelines if you need them. I used a 6B pencil to sketch but any pencil will work just be sure to sketch lightly.
Your sketch should end up looking something like this. Erase any extra lines that you do not need.
Use a B pencil to start lightly defining your sketch. Start with the eyes, eyebrows, and forehead. Work on one side at a time.
Shade the rest of the face above the cheeks. Notice how my lines have direction. Don't just scribble in random lines when shading, try to make them follow the curves o the face.
Shade in the nose and cheeks. Keep paying attention to your line direction.
Sketch in the lips and teeth.
Shade in the chin and neck. Don't forget the shadow under the chin.
Switch to a 6B pencil and shade in the hair on the left side of the drawing. Make your lines follow the general direction that the hair is flowing.
Sketch in the rest of her hair. Hint at her left shoulder beneath her hair.
Start adding detailed shading at the eyes/eyebrows. Use a 6B pencil for the darkest shades (in the pupils), B for dark fine lines (the eye lashes and eyebrows), and 3H for light shading and very fine lines. 3H also works well for shading skin.
Now, use a blending stump to start blending in the shading of her skin. Lightly shade with a 6B pencil then blend with a blending stump over areas that need to be darker. Use a kneadable eraser to lighten any areas that are too dark.
Blend in the nose and cheeks. Use 3H and B pencils to define the nostrils and the shadow that the nose is casting.
Now shade/blend in the lips, teeth, and chin. 3H works well when shading the lips and teeth. Use a B pencil to darken your shading more if you need to.
Now shade and blend in her neck and the shadow being cast by her chin.
Shade/define the hair on the left using 6B and B pencils. Use a B pencil for the fine lines and 6B for the darkest areas.
Use a 6B pencil and a blending stump to blend over.darken the rest of the hair.
Start detailing the hair from top to bottom. Continue using B and 6B pencils. As usual pay attention to the line direction when drawing in the strands of hair.
Shade/define the rest of the hair. Develop her shirt and shoulder more as well.
Finish up the drawing by going over your shading and lines again and shading in the background (if you want to). I hope you have as much fun with this tutorial as I did. Leave any comments and questions below!
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