I set up today to work with pastels. I've always done pretty well with this media, so I wanted to revisit it. Originally, I wanted to work with color on a floral arrangement I have in the house. As I went to set it up I decided to make it more of a still life with other objects, but I really couldn't find any other items that I thought would work. In my search I spotted some ramekins. I stacked them up in a rather challenging formation and sat down to work. I set out to make this an exercise and not any sort of final work. I needed to work on my values and proportions.
I used a 9x12 Canson Pastel Mi-Teintes 98LB grey/blue paper, with white pastel and a 3-6mm Farber-Castell Natural Charcoal stick.
The most challenging part of this set up was the tilted ramekin. It didn't turn out quite right. I wasn't able to achieve the depth I wanted in the bowl with the proper shadowing. Other than that, I am quite pleased with the result.