This time around I wanted to take up the whole page and really concentrate on the light, shade and shape o fhte hands. This picture is of 2 people holding hands. It's really sweet.
I started out with one of my gessoed sketchbook pages, rough. I used a 0.5 pencil to rough in the shapes and shadows.
I used an 0.9 mech pencil to add the lighter shadows and some of the background.
I really wanted to go darker with the background so I sharpened up a 5B pencil and layered in a ton of graphite. I used wild brush strokes to blend the back ground.
I finished up with some 0.9 pencil for details. The Left side of the top hand should be moved about a bit but it works for the most part.