I can't tell you how much fun I am having with soft pastels. I am taking an online workshop and thank God there are videos. The woman teaching the workshop is Marla Bagetta from Oregon. She has a ton of free videos with everything you would ever care or need to know about pastels. I have some cheap pastels and that box I posted about a few years ago that I bought at an artists yard sale.
Here is the reference photo for my first pastel study (not a finished piece but more a sketch)
I ordered good pastels and they will be here Thursday. Hopefully they will give me a leg up (smile).