What is the difference between soft pastel and soft compressed charcoal, maybe somebody here can enlighten me. I understand that pastel are made from pigments and binder put together and compressed into a stick, so are these two things the same thing or two different materials? If they are the same, why can we find some called compressed charcoal and other called pastels?
I'm asking because I'm following a charcoal course (N. Fowkes) and the teacher recommanded compressed charcoal. I however cannot find anything named like this here in France, I could only find pastels in art stores. Is this the american name and pastels more european name for the same thing?
thanks if anyone can help me clarify this.