Thank you for commenting, I really appreciate it and if the technical side of my work helps, The best tool for smoothing the tones is the blending stick or tortillion. I usually start adding the tones with a 4h and blend this first layer. I will then repeat this for each grade of pencil, usually 2b,HB,2b,4b and 9b. By layering like this it really helps creat so many subtle grades.
Haha, thought as much, the last thing I wanted to be was rude hence me getting back to you. One other thing, the quality of the pencils and the paper can help too. I use strathmore 300 or 400 card with the smooth finish and faber castel pencils. Also a faber castel precision eraser is very useful to add highlights.