Originally Posted by Lunatique
Tortillons come in different sizes--they make really tiny ones too. But that's not really important, because it's absolutely possible to do incredible drawings without ever using any kind of smudging tool. It's all about how you control the amount of grain and the expressive strokes you make with your drawing tools. In fact, I would advise to not use smudging tools and still try to do a compelling drawing. That would be the best way to train your drawing ability. Of course, there is a time and a place to do smooth blending, but it's best to use that technique not as a crutch, but masterfully knowing exactly why you're doing it.
Now I want to start improving my shading with improving my control of the strokes I make. Any good ways to start doing this? I want to combine it with some basic anatomy drawing.
I'm talking about shading like this:
(from redpandafire's sketchbook thread)
Which pencils should I use, and how should I use them (I really dislike the 1H and 2H pencils)? Any books that teach you this or online tutorials?
I really want to master my pencil so to speak. Because right now I simply don't