I really love this Art Spectrum Colourfix Paper. For one thing, look at the rich, colorful violet blue background. Using colored pencils on this is so smooth and buttery.
I was inspired by an image I saw in church of a cross with spots of light, like stars. The “stars” were soft and dim, bright and clear, or in between. That made me want to do something similar. I went with a variation of a split complement color scheme. Blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel. Red and yellow are close to orange. So, I used lots of variations of red, pink, orange, yellow, and cream to make these various balls. I love how the blue shows through on some of them between the circular lines, so I left them that way.
I got the idea to put shadow tails on some of them (like a comet’s tail) because the drawing looked flat, and just reminded me of a fabric print. I think this really helped add a sense of mystery, and made for a much stronger value system, which is the system of lights and darks. I used indigo blue for the shadows. I like the the shadows form a veil over some of the other orbs, and create a greater sense of being three dimensional.