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Here are a series of pictures at different stages of finish. The first picture shows the initial stage where the paper is toned using graphite powder and the drawing starts to take shape. In this type of drawing, I try to use erasers as little as I can. Although I do use a kneaded eraser to emphasize highlights, all of the lighter planes are made using either soft paper tissue, cotton cloth or chamois leather cloth.
The hair surrounding the face was done using the "ebony" pencil made by "Prismacolor". This is the darkest black in graphite. Darker than 9B! I needed to see how the tones in the face look against the surrounding black of the hair.
The tonal values of the face is further developed using a chamois leather cloth to take away and "lead holders" to add on. Lead holders (or mechanical pencils) are IMHO cleaner and much easier to manage. A range of leads from 4H to 6B are available. For the fine highlight detail an eraser called "Tuff Stuff" is used. This is an eraser that can be sharpened like the point of a pencil using a sandpaper strip.