Thanks! It is fun! When I was drawing both Jared and Johnny Depp's beards, I realized I couldn't go too wrong with drawing facial hair. Compared to the hair on top of heads, I don't have to worry to much about keeping a consistent direction, and enjoyed having some freedom.
Thanks Diana!! Let me tell you, I definitely struggle with hair too. Shorter strokes is easier for beards like his. But for longer hair, it's honestly hit or miss for me. I try to pay most attention to highlight areas, and hope it looks believable, lol. Check out some free videos of drawing realistic hair on youtube. Just watching the techniques others use definitely helped me get a better handle on hair. [link][link]
Don't be sorry! I'm more than happy to share. I use a variety of pencils, but my favorite is the one in the picture. It's just a typical Pentel clickable mechanical pencil, the kind you find in an office supply store. I get the most use out of that one, with regular HB graphite refills. But, I also use a variety of Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils, ranging from 2H to 4B. I rarely go outside of those values. Having a number of pencils will help you achieve many tones that you wouldn't get with just a normal HB pencil. I also use tortillons a lot, to blend skin tones.
I'm flattered you like my work! I'm definitely learning as I go, and always trying to improve. Let me know if you have any questions!
I usually don't the way I look in most photos, haha. So I don't post too many of those. But, this was one of the few I liked so thought I would share. By the way, thank you for the watch, and adding me on Facebook!
Its funny how "into the zone" I get when drawing. I kind of focus so deeply on what I'm seeing that I forget about what's happening around me. Although lately, I've been drawing while watching tv, which might be why it's taking me longer to finish the drawings, haha.