May 4 : Onions in pastels

I looked for some still life reference photos on Paint My Photo, and I quite liked this one of the onions. This time around I took a couple of step by step pictures. The whole thing took me around 1.5 hr. I am still not sure how to make some good shadows without using black :-/

I blocked in some basic shapes with NuPastels.

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Then I switched to Rembrandt pastels for further blocking in. I like to work on the whole picture at once, so here is the next stage of the drawing about an hour in.

 

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I spent the next half hour clarifying the edges, deepening the shadows and adding a bit of color to the background.

 

 Onions in pastels

Onions in pastels

I am not unhappy with this but I really would like to not use black! I need to figure this out.