In February of 2014, I happened to pick up a pencil out of boredom. I began drawing. I didn't start out fantastic, but I started. Since that time I have sought out internet video and instruction to improve my skills as I have no formal instruction.
A friend who admires my art told me I should set up a deviant account to share and display my art. So...here I am.
I specialize in portrait drawing because it is an emotional expression. I can "feel" it. I think this has much to do with why I am unable to draw inanimate objects very well as of yet. I draw from photographs. I pick and choose those photographs based on the emotion reflected in them and not for the beauty of the subject. Most of which are my friends and family.
I use mechanical pencils for my work. I like the precise edge and point I get when using them. I started out using your basic cheap Bic multi-pack of 0.7mm #2 leads. I have since graduated to more precise pencils. I use Staedtlers 0.3, 0.5, and 0.7mm with varying lead types. Mostly I favor the 3H in 0.3mm and 4B in the 0.5mm. I also have a Draftline pencil in 0.3 and an Alvin pencil in 0.5mm. My papers of choice are Canson. I like the basic 50 lb sketch paper and then for higher quality I use the Bristol Vellum 100 lb. I find it has the best blending qualities. And my shading weapons of choice are blending stumps and kleenex. I have a hard time with the tortillons getting away from me. Lastly, erasers! I use a variety of them for different purposes. My favorites and most relied upon are my kneaded eraser and my Tuff Stuff eraser stick. I like the softness of the kneaded one and the hardness of the Tuff Stuff.
As I work to improve my skills I find that my areas of trouble are in doing hair and soft/hard line transitions. I think the hair is just a matter of it taking too long. I like the instant gratification of drawing so sometimes I rush through to get a completion. Hope to cure that soon. (Patience. Must learn patience) The soft and hard lines are just a matter of practice I suppose. Learning better shading and better techniques.