pencil portraits project

For this project, I wanted to explore using just pencils to create portraits of beautiful black women.   I've been enjoying the techniques I've employed to create the portraits that are so different than using paint.  I like the scribbling, shading and using the different hardnesses of pencil leads, that allow me to show tones from light to dark.  This is sort of a way to get back to basics and rediscover a medium that sometimes doesn't get enough credit.  With this project I am particularly interested in experimenting with:

  1. Texture
  2. Values
  3. Composition

 

For now they will all be 4" x 6" portraits.  See my progress so far below.