Any Pointers Appreciated - Juan Josť Padilla Drawing
I've recently returned to traditional art from a hiatus in which I did mostly digital art. The first drawing I've tried to do is of Juan Josť Padilla.
While I was never particularly great at portraits, I'm still not back at 100%. The biggest problem I'm seeing is the blending, or lack thereof. Normally I build my way up to the softer pencils from harder ones, which generally creates a smooth look and eliminates the need for blending. Here I just dived straight into 6B, and it doesn't look smooth at all.
I do have a blending stump laying around here somewhere, but I'm reluctant to use it. Whenever I try using those I just end up with awkward still-not-quite-smooth dark blotches where I 'blended'.
Aside from the graininess, any critiques?