Tip #4 Drawing the first sketch
I prefer to do the initial sketch in brown tones of either a pastel pencil or hard pastel ~ Using light ocher for highlights. My reason is that either a pencil or charcoal can show or bleed through the pastel. It can take a lot to cover that up. Not so with the browns.
More on Underpainting and Thumbnail sketch -in another tip
This blog will offer regular (I hope) tips about pastels and pastel painting that I have found useful over the years. Just random thoughts and comments.