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Sketching advice?

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I’ve very recently began sketching and I was wondering if I could get some tips from the very talented group here. I’m stuck on a portrait I’ve been working on. The subject has a very prominent 5 o’clock shadow and I haven’t been able to find any tutorials that deal with those. So if you guys know of any good tutorials or have any tips it would be greatly appreciated!

 
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My guess is there are two basic ways to go about it: shading and stippling. Shading is easier, but the result may not look particularly convincing. Stippling is more accurate but more difficult to execute properly.