I am now a total of 6 hours and 40 minutes into the commission portrait I am working on. I have been working on blocking in the different planes and shadows on the face. I start very lightly and gradually build my way into the darks. The pencils I am currently using range from a 2H to in Step 3 as high as a 2B toward the end.
My style of working is to work in about two hour chunks. I continually step back and evaluate my progress and then at the two hour mark, I step away and give myself at least an hour break sometimes more. This gives me fresh eyes to start again.
This images is at the 4 hours and 35 minutes mark. During this phase I starting to block in lights and darks primarily using my harder pencils 2H, H, HB and maybe a B and F.
Here is the portrait at 6 hours and 40 minutes along side the reference photo I have been using. I am continuing to block in lights and darks and am starting to pull in some of the feature shapes. My plan is to create a strong light pattern coming from the upper left.
I am hoping that in my next round I will be able to finish this drawing. If all goes well and I don’t pick at it too much, it may be possible.