Drawings can be made using hundreds of different styles and techniques. One of my favourite approaches to creating new art work can be done in very few steps, all you need to create this piece is some charcoal dust and a fairly large brush so you can give your paper a light grey overlay, a few shades of pencils to give your drawing a good tonal range, an eraser to create some depth in your drawing and something to blend your pencil shading with, i.e a blending stump or some tissue.
The first step is very simple, all I have done to create this effect is lightly sprinkle some charcoal dust over my paper. - you can buy charcoal already crushed like this or as charcoal sticks. I just do it myself with a sharpener and a hard blunt object to make it as fine as possible, the finer the charcoal is the better it lays on the paper.
Once the charcoal is on the paper, very lightly dust it around in strokes or in a circular motion to spread it out as evenly as you need it. Remove the remaining dust and keep it for another time. Then you are ready to move on to the next step.
The second step is probably one of the most important. You want to get your outline as close as you can to looking perfect, if the perspective and proportion is off then your whole drawing is likely to look completely different to what you expected in the beginning.
When I use this style of drawing, the paper is already dusted with charcoal which will make it very difficult to draw on, if you have made any mistakes it's not going to be very easy to hide. - If your proportion and perspective aren't very good I recommend you draw the piece on some tracing paper and layering the outline on that way. (remember to draw it the opposite way round to how you want it.)
The third step won't take you too long at all, unless your piece is going to be a bit more detailed. It will help a lot if you have an eraser pencil because you can keep them as sharp as you need them. - I am using my Derwent eraser pencil, it has a rough bristled brush at the end to get rid of any unwanted pieces of rubber that break from it. You just need to erase all of the really light area's of your drawing, this is why we needed to dust the paper with charcoal to begin with it helps us to create this effect easily. Make sure you consistently change the pressure of your eraser so you don't keep the piece looking too flat.
The fourth step, here is where your drawing will begin to come to life.
You want to give all of the dark areas of your drawing a medium to dark overlay using a pencil shade anywhere, between 2H and B will do, this is going to create a lot more contrast in your drawing. - I used my Faber-Castell TK-Fine 9715 0.5m mechanical pencil with HB lead.
As you are shading, try your best not to just lay one tone, just like you did with the eraser try and use some pressure changes to give it more depth. Don't worry if your drawing looks too sketchy we'll blend over it all with whatever blending tool you are using, this is going to blend the tones of the drawing together and add better depth to your drawing.
The final step - five. This is where your drawing will be coming to an end. In this step all you will need to add are your final tones, try and use some darker toned pencils between 2B and 8B. - I am using my pack of twelve Faber-Castell 9000 pencils, 6H to 8B. Add a further range of depth to your drawing by creating texture, you can do this by erasing more graphite for highlighting brighter areas and drawing small details on the piece, with a very sharp pencil or mechanical pencil. Don't forget to blend all of the sketchy areas to keep your art work looking clean.
Good luck trying this same style yourself!
Finished piece above, to the right. - Well Mickey at least.
This piece was purely to talk you through my drawing process, I hope this drawing process helped you!
If you have any questions about this style of work you can email me on - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading.