Okay, first off : Bear with my materials. Critic anything into the ground as your heart pleases, I'm the better off for hearing it, but bear with me that I won't be using much beyond ~5 dollars worth of art supplies - an eraser, a misused lined block or some printer paper and a (usually) 2 HB pencil is as much as I can spare for now.
Any suggestions on how to get good low budget supplies are welcome - what kind of papers would work well for sketching and which don't. I was recently considering robbing some of the copiers of their papers and binding it into a sketchbook - the printerpaper I've tried to use instead of simple lined notepads (ugh) felt odd somehow.
Finally though, I'll try to (as a personal goal) have one presentable sketch a day tleast, and take any suggestions or exercises to heart. The updates won't always be daily, as I don't have daily access to a friggin scanner.
Now that we've got that out of the way, this here is one of the first ones were I can say the head proportions are rather correct. The cheeks are intentionally a wee bit wide, and the whole thing is mostly outlines - I did try to play with the eraser and give the lines different weights.
Crits are welcome - first and foremost on proportions, and then on different ways to tackle shading. The hair is shoddy beyond it having a hairline, I realize that - but the paper was at that point too banged up to redo it. The really weird shades that seem to ignore any shapes around them are wrinkles in the block. I'll tear out the pages in the future for better scans.
Also, I've just started doing this for about a month, and have no formal education of any type in the arts, nor do I plan on doing this for a living. I do though sketch in every free second, and plan on doing so with dedication.
Final edit : Fixed now I hope.