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Pencil Portraits

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I am a beginner in the field of pencil portraits . I wanted to know what are the different type of pencils i will be requiring to make realistic portraits (especially delicate areas such as hairs ).

Also I wanted to know if using a grid to make the initial sketch is benificial in the long run or not ? or is it preferred to make the initial sketch without the grid . I've heard some people say that once we start using the grid we can never come out of it . So is it true ?

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LittleSardines Dec 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
For the most part it's not about the pencil you use, but how you use the pencil - practice getting a wide range of values from dark black to a very very pale grey in your portraits. =)
Gridding is beneficial to some people - I don't use it personally, but it's all about what works for you in the end! As far as it becoming a crutch - I can only really see that happening if you find yourself always drawing from photographs and such, if you draw from references to make your own pieces that don't match any current picture then gridding becomes a much less useful tool. It's always good to try and use multiple different methods - but a good understanding of anatomy is always the best. :shrug:
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