For some reason I never thought to use a tool to smudge. I haven't been smudging at all for my drawings, really... since maybe using charcoal 10 years ago? But doing this adds so much depth to my characters.
4B mechanical pencil
White Sakura Gellyroll pen
Tombow dual brush
This front view was my first attempt. I was drawing really quick because it was bedtime, but I really wanted to try out smudging. I don't usually start my eyes out as ovals, but I tried it and love it because of the sketchy lines I get at the bottom. They sort of look like eye bags, which is a detail I normally wouldn't add in, but I think looks cute!
The nose and mouth are a bit crooked and down to the left more than I'd like, so I was pretty sad I couldn't cut/move it, hahah.
This second one I tried a 3/4 view. It isn't nearly as large as the front view girl, so it was hard to erase smaller details that need fixing. I decided to add a pop of color just to keep things interesting.
For this last one, I wanted to make an expression that looks less dead or dissatisfied with life, but I think I failed. :B
I really like this style of drawing characters' eyes, nose, and lips and hope to be able to draw better expressions! I will need to practice this a lot more. : )