Here's a work in progress image of my latest commissioned portrait. This is "Walter". He's 11 x 14 graphite on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.
For pencils, I've used Pentel P205 mechanical pencils with 4H, 2H, H, and 2B leads. I'm not using any blending tools with this one.
I'm really loving how the Vellum paper is really handling the graphite, I've never used Vellum before. I think I may be switching papers
Also, for the white hairs that is going into black, I use a gel pen with white ink to add the white hairs. I find this is better than using an eraser to remove the graphite for this particular portrait.
More to come soon!