A quick note to say when you are starting out drawing it is extremely important to draw the exercises I have posted in previous posts. The squares and then drawing the line without the box square drawn. The value scales are a necessary excercise; this will teach you what graphite range you can use for each pencil. Also work on drawing a sphere and shadow with values. I can’t stress this enough.
Once you have that under control, start to sketch in charcoal on newsprint the figure. I understand not everyone has access to a life drawing class. Check your area’s art council. Start to draw people on lunch break, your home and friends. I will write more instructions later today. Don’t say you don’t need these exercises because you are wrong.