Creating exciting backgrounds
What you need:Soft pastel crayons
First lightly apply soft pastel to the white paper using side strokes in violet and grey shades. Then blend the entire surface with a paper towel to create a smooth toned surface. With a warm-toned hard pastel, draw the outside edge of the pears and the edge of the cast shadows on the table, using linear strokes. Divide the background from the tabletop with a light horizontal line wherever it is visible. Next draw the division of light and shadow on the pears. Also locate the highlights on the pears, using a kneaded eraser to erase the toned surface and reveal the white paper beneath.
When you begin your drawing, use more straight lines than curved. This helps you more easily judge the basic shapes and discern where the big angle changes occur. Use a light stroke at the start and then darken the drawing as you gain confidence.