My head drawing class starts next week and for those of you further out I have a video demo coming soon. Otherwise here's a step by step charcoal drawing for you to have a look at:
I've darkened the line drawing significantly here so you can see it, the original is very light. There's a little bit of red prismacolor lay in then a Ritmo B charcoal pencil.
Lay in with a compressed charcoal stick.
Half tones blended in. This is all done with my fingers guys, it's not a pretty process but it's the way I like it.
Finishing with compressed charcoal, a Pitt Charcoal pencil for details and a kneaded eraser for highlights.