If you use sharp lines for shading then it looks like hair. Try a softer/lighter/smudgedier pencil.
Oh yeah, on that topic, everyone should have at least a H, 2B, 4B and 6B pencil for pencil drawing. The difference a range of tools makes over a common HB pencil is astounding.
How does that work? I vaguely remember an art teacher in high school telling me that the brittler ones are darker. Are they smudgier too?
Originally Posted by Thanqol
Faces are really tricky in general, so especially in the early days, cheat. Draw lots and lots of construction lines. Sketch out your proportions clearly before you draw the picture. Draw bald people to get an idea for just how big the skull is. You're not going to be making great-looking pictures on your first try, so feel completely free to do basic parts in isolation - just practising eyes, or noses, or mouths - if it helps you get a better idea of how to do it.
I guess Joe Pass is next then. And yeah, I was planning on doing individual body parts as well. Thanks again for the feedback.
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