Pastel is a painting technique that uses natural dry pigments bound together into a crayon. Given that a pastel is bound into a thick substance, it accentuates the support it is being used on, allowing for a very textured look. The results of this medium has given birth to the term “pastel” as an adjective, which usually means something visual of pale, unsaturated soft colour.
The advanced textured digital brushes I use let me reproduce this effect. The results are textured, as if it had been drawn on a real abrasive support. The big advantage of digital pastel is that it allows me to give it more saturated and luminous results if need be.