I've been working on a series of portraits from the HBO Series "Game of Thrones". My pencil illustrations are multi-layered... a technique I learned from hyper-illustration master Hajime Sorayama. I add line and texture, then subtract with erasers, blend, add more line and texture, erase and then do this process over and over again. Micro-fiber cloths have really been a game-changer for me. I rarely use blending cones anymore. I also carefully map-out the areas of each composition where I plan on using different densities of graphite. Lastly, I never rush. I may hit a place where I am a little perplexed and frustrated and instead of pushing myself and making a choice I later regret, I will put the illustration aside and work on other projects. Sometimes clearing your mind and working on other things gives you the fresh perspective you need to return to the problem with a better solution. I hope you enjoy!