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.

Next I start to work on the hair. The blacks are developed in layers of increasing darkness.

Highlights in the hair are developed with the eraser.

The complex layering of light and dark areas of the hair was kinda confusing :)

Then I start to work on the scarf and coat textures.

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Comment by Muralidharan Alagar on April 8, 2012 at 5:43pm

Amazing Amazing!

Thanks for sharing the tips Jay Varma!

Comment by Rashmi Patel on April 6, 2012 at 10:18am

inspiring!

Comment by Vidhu S Pillai on April 4, 2012 at 1:24pm

thanks for sharing the details, more than reading a book

Comment by Akhila Akhlix on April 3, 2012 at 9:56pm

WOW! Informative! Thanks a lot for sharing the WIP :)

Comment by Jay Varma on April 3, 2012 at 8:01am

Thank you Dhruba and Vipulshrivastava! Dhruba, you could google "Dick Blick" the art store and research "Tuff Stuff" and the lead holders and the ebony pencils. As to whether they are available here in BLR, I'm not sure. Perhaps Bhaskar's Art store as Prabha had mentioned earlier. And yes, I'll post some more stuff.

Comment by vipulshrivastava87 on April 2, 2012 at 6:59pm

thanks a lot for this informative piece..

Comment by dhruba mazumder on April 2, 2012 at 11:08am

thanks a lot for sharing this Jay! always love to see the WIP stages as its very helpful to understand the process to the final piece!! good to know about the tools and art materials u use or used on this artwork. the "Tuff Stuff" eraser sounds interesting, i wonder of they are available in india/bangalore! the moment i saw this, i was wondering about the glowing hairs and how is it done as u never mentioned using any white, now i know the process of using graphite powder and erasing back!! thanks a again Jay! would love to see some more WIPs from u!

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