Well I'll start to think about that then. Would be very nice to have money to buy more art supplies. I am finding that I keep running out of paper very fast! I'm also noticing that the charcoal pencils are going to go by fast as well.
I wouldn't think that it would just be a mechanical pencil! Or on such a small piece of paper either. They softness in the muscles is just great.
If you don't have blending sticks, you can use q-tips to blend. Be careful with using your fingers because the oil in your skin can mess with the pencil. I use a combo of q-tips and blending sticks. I use q-tips for covering broad areas and blending sticks for more detailed areas like around the eyes, ears and muzzel. It's fun to experiment with different materials and techniques
I wasn't even going to post this but then thought it might be fun to take a picture to show progress for hopefully when I get better.
I have never tried soft (chalk) pastels before, only oil. I just got some for christmas and foun them to be more than frustrating. I sense it is a bit of a challenge for me, plus as I am feel more confident with shading in I'm takling another problem I have. I have close to no idea how colors work and how to make them match up with a reference photo. This piece was supposed to be a light bay, instead I have a dark brown....I gave up on the nose. Might try another piece in the morning if I'm not still angry by then.