Back onto my favourite subject-falcons!
One of my preferred methods of working is to roughly block out all the elements first before gradually working the tones over the whole piece. It’s a common method used for painting which is something I used to do. But with pencil or graphite this can be problematic, as your hand rests on the drawing and can cause some rub off, even when using glassine to protect it. This piece, however, is small enough to avoid smudging and the coloured pencils are quite robust so I was able to build up the tones.
9×12 Strathmore toned grey