I started out using my 3b mechanical pencil, a small blending stump, kneaded eraser and a little B pencil.
for the BG I put down some powdered graphite and blended. To get the highlights in his hair I left the white of the paper untouched and drew/colored in around the areas. I put down another layer of the powdered graphite on the BG and then darkened the shadowed areas with a 3b mechanical pencil.
Finished portrait 2/23/10:
12 x 17 Graphite on Illustration Board
Edit 3/4/10: I took a new photo of the drawing, it looks a little better then the scan.
Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments, I have read each and everyone of them!
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(But seriously AMAZING job )
Btw sory for my english im from Portugal....