This week I decided to experiment with NuPastels. I really dislike pastels. Oil pastels are to oily and soft pastels are too chalky. I don't much care for pigment that is prone to move around after it set in place. Having to do a finished piece in pastels is the stuff of nightmares. But, that same quality that inspires hatred in the finished illustration inspires spontaneity in gesture drawing.
Oh yeah, breathing pastel dust can cause severe lung injury or death. Not exactly what I want to sign up for. NuPastels promised to be less chalky and airborne than soft pastels.