"Art is the expression of ordinary things in a extraordinary manner with little of efforts and lot of experience,dedication,in-depth perception of the things and activities of the universe and mind." -Shashikant Nishant Sharma
Karen Hello, the most important thing is composition and tone in sketching ( i think) and If you can get hold of a putty rubber and the pencils made of just paper (or even a small chunk of paper) you can use that to blend in and tone and the putty rubber you can use to bring the colour right back out of say eye details.
Also if and when you do a portrait its suggested that one eye should have slightly more in focus detail, to draw the onlooker in to one spot.
Its also suggested that (usually) the composition should be off center,to make the eyes dance so to speak.Although in certain circumstances i think going against the grain of suggested routes can actually assist certain works.
No dear. You should check the fine art section of Catch My Post. You will see some extraordinary paintings and sketches over there. Well yeh not a lot of artists have been invited to CMP, we wil invite them as per the quality of their work as we did for you Poets.