<< Also I was hoping to incorporate pastels or oil pastels
in the final drawing. Do you have any ideas on how to incorporate pastels
without loosing detail? >>
I do an assignment in my Art 2 class that uses conte crayon on toned paper.
This process helps them to see the range of dark to light and to accentuate
the contrast of light. I begin like you have planned and have them draw each
other for a practice, ( straight on). Next we look at resources that use a
dominance of dark with strong highlights. We look for 3/4 views and profiles
When they have found something that is interesting we sketch it out on news
print and transfer the outlines to toned(grey, canson mi-tientes) paper with
carbon paper. By using only white conte, they begin to lay in the lightest
values, when finished they look at the darkest and use black. Tortillons are
used to soften the conte into the paper and by leaving a majority of grey
paper they can see the portrait.
This would take more than 8 days but you might like it.
San Jose, CA