I'm not sure if Pencil technique is the right thing to call it, I'm basically looking for some advice on shading things with a pencil, I usually just use a 2B and a 4B pencil and use the side of the pencil, gradually building up tone. But I find everything always has a sort of washed out look.
You might like some of Darrel Tank's techniques. His website is: fivepencilmethod(dot)com . I'm personally a fan, and his free tutorials taught me a good deal more about how to create value in my work. The only issue I can find with his style, is since it deals with tapered strokes (basically specific styles of lines) placed next to each other again and again, then layered on top of each other (again and again and again), it can take a very long time. It's sort of like using a hatching technique, yet with every line touching the last, and creating value by adding layers of lines.
Are you getting washed out because of sfumato (I may have spelled that wrong; basically Italian for smoky- it refers to purposeful smudging) or is it more a matter of you aren't getting the full tonal ranges out of your pencils?
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