I, indeed, suck balls at shading.
I'm mostly using simple lead pencil (from 8b to 2h) and no sketchook what so ever.
I'd like to be able to achieve something like this:
Basically, my questions are as follow:
1) What is the technique? Cross hatching, something else, a combination?
2) Do they always use the same pencil? Is it a mechanical pencil?
3) Type of paper?
Not being able to shade properly has always been a problem since I can't go as far as I'd like with any sort of drawings.