Chalk like soft pastels are more popular as they produce a beautiful, velvety texture and are easy to blend with your finger or cloth. Chalk pastels are made up of a pigment and held together by a gum binder. It has chalky consistency that produces intense color. They are easy to use and allow to layer and mix colors on the surface. Soft pastel drawing has many of the characteristics of a finished painting that is why it is also considered as Painting medium. This medium is also considered as a traditional medium for creating art.
They are available in the form of round or square sticks in the range of more than 500 colors! Soft pastels drawings need to be protected, either by framing under glass or by spraying with a fixative to prevent smudging.
For beginners it is better to buy a starter set with balanced color palette. Most of the artists’ grade pastels are not yet easily available in India but some of them are available on online shops.
Soft Pastels by Camel (set of 20) Students’ grade
Fuchsia winter_ soft pastels on paper