Here are the two WIPs (works in progress) I have currently going on. I haven't really been "sketching" in the literal term, but I have been working on both of these pieces. Both are done with pencil. Trying to develop tighter lines and smoother shading, especially on the self portrait. I am frustrated with the self portrait, because I am having a hard time with the nose. The other thing that still frustrates me is it still looks so amateurish.
I guess I just have to keep pushing myself, maybe one day everything will just click into place.