In the second drawing lesson I attended 3 weeks ago, I practised control of the pencils to produce shading.
I drew 5 blocks of decreasing intensity. For this I tried out different degrees of pencil hardness, from soft 6B for the darkest areas, 4B in the middle, and then the harder 2B for the lightest. I found that with 2B I couldn’t achieve subtle shading – the lines were too distinct. We also tried a gradient strip (below the blocks).
This was an exercise in control and can be used as simple practice. It also made us aware of the range of intensity we could produce.
The remainder of this class was spent drawing our hands and some still life props, using the shading we just tried, although this isn’t evident in my results: