I start with the drawing, usually I do the eyes first if I'm doing a portrait. If the eyes are right ,, your half way home. and it gives the piece life from the start .
Other subjects are still all about light and dark. Just when I think I'm finished I still work on it .. and have been know to go back to it even after I signed my name..
Pencils, I like Derwent , a full range although I might just use from 5B to 2H.
A hand sharpner is better for me than electric or using a knife .. I want a good point on it. Paper is usually Bristol smooth surface.. It's always a personal preference, but since I like detail and realism I get the most out of a smooth paper..
If you have any questions write me at my email address. BJ
Blending, blending either with a tortillion stump or even my pinky finger.. .