I've been getting a few messages and comments asking me for some tips and advice, and to be honest, I don't know why anyone would be asking me! I'm far from the best on here, there are some real breathtaking people on here who are 800 times better than me that they should be going to for advice, but I guess I can share a few of my personal tips to see if they help anyone.
1. I always start out from the eyes, the nose, mouth then everything comes after, it's easier for me so the main focus point is done and I can relax with the rest of it, since the face is the most important part usually.
2. Never put your bare fingertips on the paper, especially on Bristol, it can easily leave greasemarks that will become a real pain when you want to shade in later, it'll leave a dark area when you blend it. Always keep a tissue on the paper when you rest your hand whilst drawing.
3. I'm sure most people know this but it's always the best to start out dark when you shade. if you go from light to dark it becomes difficult to manage because most of the time you go darker than it actually is that way and sometimes when you try to lighten it with a kneaded eraser, it unsmooths the shading.
4. Use the brightest area of the reference as a guide to how the tones are in the drawing, for example if the cheek of the face is the brightest and lightest part of the whole picture, everything else should be darker, look carefully to see where the lightest areas are, some light tones are often look the same but they're always a little darker.
5. If you're right handed like most people, always start working from the left so you don't smudge anything, vice versa for left handed people, always have a piece of tissue placed under your drawing hand so you don't leave any grease marks or smudge existing guidelines.
6. Accidental marks on other areas, such as shading, little greasemarks, always treat it right away and erase it, if you leave it till last, you'll just smudge it more by accident and darken them.
7. When doing hair (my biggest annoyance, really hate doing it) always find the darkest areas first and lay them down, then start from the top and ends of the strands when you start drawing it, never start from middle of a strand. And also, shade in the hair first, treat it like skin, then add fine lines of the strands later on.
This is all I can think of, if there are more I'll add to this post. I don't know how useful they are but if they've helped you, I'd appreciate a comment below!