My influence is a video demo of Costa Vavagiakis at the Art Students League of New York. He worked with graphite (mechanical pencils and white charcoal on toned paper). He explains his process very well and relates how his technique of crosshatching relates to the Renaissance masters’ method of drawing.
I love working in this way, crosshatching. It invites more freedom of expression then smoothing out the graphite. It involves layering to build up values. I only use a 2B mechanical pencil with a point .9 mm and a white charcoal pencil. Since working on gray toned paper I used a 6B – 8B pencil to get darker tones. And of course the kneaded eraser!
photo reference via Pinterest