I decided to buy a set of pastel pencils the other week, just to give them a go as I've always loved the look of pastel paintings but using them in the form of a pencil was more attractive to me. I bought a set of 60 Faber Castell PITT pastel pencils and some paper and this is what I came up with for my first drawing. I used a photo reference, it's a Cape Parrot (from South Africa I think). I'm so pleased with the way it turned out. I found the feathers quite difficult but with practice I think this is something I could get used to doing - drawing animals that is.