I’ve chosen objects with texture so the marks to make are obvious. Looking at the scene I decide on orange as my dominant color. The split complement of orange is blue-violet and blue-green, good for reflections and shadows.
Pure orange, tint of orange, shade of orange, blue-violet and tint of blue-violet, and a tint, tone and shade of blue-green plus light, med and dark gray. I may not end up using all if these variations but most hues will be mixed on the pastel surface.
Tone your paper a hue from your palette. I’m using orange plus gray to dull the orange. You can use factory tinted paper also.
Take a good look at the still life. Very lightly map in a few proportional measurements-to stay on track though the drawing.
Our examples include the drawings, sketches and prints of Da Vinci, Manet and Degas:
Don’t forget to fix. This will darken the work a little so spray more at the beginning of your work, less as you near completion. Make changes to the composition as necessary throughout the process.