and..."Method ...calls upon the mind to determine the best order in which to carry out the various phases of execution."*
and...An artist must know when to use a pencil and when to use charcoal. And then...the details!
1. Use clean paper and mount it (with clips or tape) on a smooth, rigid drawing board.
2. Slip a couple of sheets of paper between the drawing surface and the smooth, rigid board.
3. Don't slant/tilt the drawing, but keep it straight.
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4. And keep your elbows off the [drawing] table!
5. The softer the pencil, the darker the tone. Beginners should have a soft, an HB and a hard lead pencil.
6. Sharpen carefully.
7. Use an eraser to eradicate mistakes, and hold the paper firmly when erasing.
*p. 15, Learn Art in One Year, by Robert Gerard