This week I decided to go back to pastels for the Danville Life Drawing Group session. The materials that I use for these drawings usually consist of the following items. Dick Blick sells a very versatile paper (Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper) in various sizes and weights that is quite reasonably priced when purchased in quantity. I use the 18″ x 24″ size. For the drawings, I normally start with Chunky Charcoals by Cretacolor. They are quite large, 5/8″ (16 mm) thick, and 3-3/8″ (86 mm) long, and I usually break the sticks in half to work with them. They are available in eleven subdued colors. What’s really nice about these sticks is that they can be used either on end to make line drawings or using the long side for broad tonal marks. I will often additionally use NuPastel sticks (available in many more colors than the Chunky Charcoals) to enhance the colors of the final drawing.