Sketching Peppers

Sketching Challenge: Add dramatic shadows to sketch.

Process:  I am always in awe when I see sketches with bold shadowing.  As I am learning to sketch I am finding this quite a challenge to achieve.  For this one, I started with the sketch of the peppers and then added the shadow with Paynes Gray instead of black.  I then added the reds, greens, blues and highlights of yellow to complete the peppers.  I am not sure if doing the shadows first is the best way but I found it easier (for this sketch) to add them before coloring in the peppers.

Peppers sketch by Roben-Marie Smith

I got a bit overzealous with the background color and that said, I wish I had kept the background white.  Good thing my sketchbook is all about practice and play!!

Peppers sketch by Roben-Marie Smith