No matter how busy you may be, always make time for your budding talent, I started with a grid system as usual with a mechanical 2B grade pencil, then used the same pencil for the whole outline, shaded darkest areas with 8B pencil, lightest areas with 2H pencil and the mid-tones with 5B pencil. Blended with tortillions and tissue paper. Didn’t use any kneaded eraser, creating the rough stretches on the jersey was seriously stressful, note that there is no right or wrongway to draw; it’s all about the final result.
This artwork wasn’t compulsory but necessary, many self trained artists hope and pray they improve, but improvement isn’t something that comes naturally, it takes a lot of hard work and ah yes! Practice!!! (Heaven helps those who help themselves).