You want to start out by carefully selecting your pencils. I used an H pencil for light shading/lines, an HB pencil for sketching, and B-4B pencils for dark shading and lines.
Start out with a light sketch of the mouse head. Here are a few guidelines to help you out.
Make sure that your sketch is clean of any unnecessary lines; erase all of the guidelines as soon as you are done with them.
The next step involves roughly shading in the background. I found that a 2B pencil works well for this. Use a cloth or blending stump to smooth out your shading a bit.
Now you want to start gradually developing the mouse's features. Start at the top of the head an work your way downwards, The H pencil will work best for this. take note of my line directions for the fur.
Define the rest of the head a bit. Also erase the whiskers through the background.
Now go ahead and darken the background again using a darker pencil than before. work on the mouse's outline . B or 2B pencils work best for this.
Now roughly shade in the dark values of the mouse's head. Keep the flow of the fur in mind when doing this. Again, using a B or 2B pencil to shade and then blending with a blending stump gets the job done.
I like to start my detailing from the eyes and work my way outwards. I use mainly my B and 3B pencils for the eyes since they are pretty dark. If you have a mechanical pencil that has lead that is softer than HB (B, 2B, etc), use it.
Now shade and detail the ears. You should only need the H pencil for this although an HB pencil may work also. Do not rely on the blending stump here, try to add natural texture to your shading by hatching and cross-hatching. Notice the fur development. Again the H should be good enough for adding fur.
Now shade in the snout. Roughly add in the rest of the whiskers.
Now work on the background for the last time. I used a 4B pencil to get it this dark. Also work on the mouse's outline by trying to give it that fuzzy look. Make sure you define the whiskers as well.
Now finish up the drawing by defining the near-side whiskers and defining the mouse's "chin" a bit more. Also take this to try and balance out your shading hear and there. The only pencil that you really need for this last step is the H pencil. I hope you all enjoyed or at least learned something new from this tutorial!
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