Pastels come in many different forms which beginners can find confusing. Some pastels are better for some types of work, so the type you need will really depend on the type of artwork you are creating. I will explain the main characteristics of each type of pastel; oil, soft, hard and pastel pencils.
I often get asked ‘what should I draw?’ I think drawing anything is worthwhile but there are some objects that are useful to draw and everyone can get hold of. I explain why these objects are good for teaching certain skills.
Pots, Jars and Vases
You may think these are a bit dull to draw but they are can develop your observational drawing skills. Everyone has these at home too so they are something you can easily find. They are good for learning ellipses (circles in perspective) see my post What are Ellipses? if you would like to know more about ellipses.
Try drawing different sized pots, jars and vases and you can practice shapes and comparative proportions (how tall or wide something is in comparison to something else).