For my pastel drawings/paintings I usually use a combination of supplies. When working with pastels, you can easily just use one type if you want. It is not necessary to go out and buy all of these things. It took me a while to add all of these things to my collection.
That being said, I like to use the Pan Pastels as a base because they make it easy to add lots of pigment to a large area. I also like using these to do paintings just by themselves. The Pan Pastels usually come with soft tools that are really great for blending and applying the Pan Pastels. You can use other tools, but I find these to be the best. I like to use pastel pencils for fine detail in portraits, especially for animal fur. I am still in the process of finding my favorite soft pastels, and I will update this list once I can recommend some.
My favorite paper for pastels is Pastelmat. So far I have found it to be the best for layering and it creates less dust than other papers. The tooth of the paper allows for more of the pastel to be taken up by the paper, which allows for better color saturation.
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