4.5" x 5.5"
This is the finished pastel sketch which was done on black La Carte Pastel card, a lightly sanded card made by Sennelier. The sketch was done in three stages, first two shown below. It was a challenge working on black, but the paper allowed me to build up thick areas of soft pastel where needed. I also challenged myself to do no blending except with another piece of pastel. Nupastels, or another soft pastel of a different color was used to merge areas. No fingers, paper stumps, or foam tools were used in this drawing!
Hibiscus Sketch, first stage: blue pencil on black La Carte Card.
Hibiscus Sketch, second stage: local color block-in.
And stage three, finished pastel... above.