Also in the pencil technique, I start with an line art from the motif. After that, I start with adding the layers and structures.
I always start with the eyes. Only when I caught the characteristic look, I work my way stroke by stroke through the motif.
The different degrees of hardness of pencil lead, it is possible to achieve bright but also deep black shades. This Technique I like the most as a very fine representation of the details is possible with her.
Black / white portraits each have their unique charm.