We will now begin to darken some areas. The right side will be darker because this will be shadow because the light source is coming from the left side. This hair will also be darker than the hair below. I gradually darken it with the 4b progresso pencil and blend using color blender. You can now start to see the illusion of hair, like iv mentioned before, hair clumps up and these clumps cast shadows. With your kneaded eraser you can erase between a couple of lines. This will remove some pencil and this will give the effect of a clump of hair. If these looks too light, use your color blender and go over it, this will blend in some graphite. You can also outline the area below that clump using your mechanical pencil, this will give it a shadow. You can experiment by adding more or these clumps. It all depends on how you want it to look like.
Now we will darken the area between the nose and the rest of the hair. This is the place where the hair from the nose and the cheek hairs come together. Since the nose is raised higher than the cheek area and the light source is coming from the left side, it will cast a shadow over that area. The white area that you see on top of the image is some white band of hair that is below the cats eye.
Using your mechanical pencil you can start to outline some of the hair. If you look closely at the lines that you have indented. You will notice some spaces that are between overlapping lines. If you fill in these areas with your mechanical pencil you will notice the hairs much better. The illusion will be much more realistic like the image on the right side. If you study hair and see how it flows, with time you will know where to fill these areas to give a more realistic look to the hair. Areas that are too light you can darken with the color blender. Now we will start to work on the nose. I’ve outlined the flow from the hair on the nose and you should do it as well. It will serve as a guide when you’re indenting the lines with the stylus. The nose has a curve to it and the hair that is on the sides of the nose curve from the side down as you see from the image above. If you want to check how the lines are looking, you can take your 2h pencil and go over the area with the side of of the pencil. This way you can see where you haven’t indented. To continue erase the erase with the polymer eraser and continue indenting. The nose also has finer hair than the rest of the other hair, so to give this effect you can use the stylus with needle. I have a mechanical pencil with with a needle that i put in the tip. You can see a picture of it here. Make sure you file down the tip of the needle a bit so its not too pointy so it doesn’t ruin the paper. Now run the needle over the area that you have indented with the empty pen. This adds some finer lines.
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