This one was done with a Staedtler 8b pencil, which consists of a mix of graphite and carbon, no shine and smooth. Sharpened to a chisel point, light construction lines first laid down with a standard 2b. Very nice until I try to go a little dark with the 8B, and it suddenly goes from smooth and light to grabby, gummy and too dark, with nothing in between. I like the thickness of the lead, but I think I'll switch to standard 6B pencils - my scanner seems able to handle it without picking up graphite shine unless I really burnish the darks. Love the way this pencil does lines though!
Digitally cleaned up version:
I was struggling to get used to drawing with a flat carpenter's pencil to get those broad chisel-edge strokes that can look so good, what has worked best so far is a woodless 6b pencil (broken piece of) in a pencil extender. That's what I used tonight for the (2nd) head.