I started a pastel portrait today in class. We worked on them for about 2 hours out of the three hour class. working from the live models is the best way to go. I still am trying to figure out how the pastels work and I am forever thinking of how it would be easier in oils but then I would not be learning pastels! We will have two more classes to work from this model. she is much more beautiful in real life and I hope to try to capture a little of that before I am done. All of these starts are good for me but I would like to make a finished work. That will come in time.