My parents apparently realized that I have not done any artwork in quite some time and so decided to get me art supplies for christmas. Not a bad idea really. I have been rather depressed and working on some art may help me feel better. Problem is they gave me charcoal and pastels, media which I have never worked with before. So I am wondering if anyone here has any experience with these and if they can give me some tips (Zoob where are you?). I am assuming I will need a good fixative if I ever finish anything I like and want to keep. Does anyone have prefered brands? I tend to make alot of mistakes or erase and change things several times while drawing, a bad habit I have never been able to get rid of entirely, and as far as I know I can not do this with either medium. Does anyone know a good way to work around this? I was thinking of light sketching my forms with a pencil before starting in with the charcoal or pastel but that would seem to sort of defeat the point. I'll be looking up some websites for information on this but would definitely like input from anyone's personal experience.