The Academy Pastel Manufacturers Directory
The following listings are of the main pastel manufacturers worldwide. It is not a definitive list, and it will grow and change with time. It will be regularly revised. The main company websites are directly linked, as are when possible, the colour charts (many of which are downloadable PDF’s) and major available sets from each manufacturer.
Whenever possible I will add my own thoughts on some ranges based on my own experience with using them. My opinions are only meant to act a a guide and of course, a with all things to do with pastel, each range will have its own characteristics and will respond differently depending on the surface used, and the technique you employ.
Daler Rowney website – One of the Oldest British pastel Manufacturers.
Daler Rowney Pastels Shade Card –
Daler Rowney Ingres Paper – also known as Fabriano paper – one of the oldest and most respected pastel surface.
Ferarrio Italian soft pastels
Ferarrio Pastels: (Also known as Artisti)
Great American Artworks
Henri La Roche Pastels
Henri La Roche Shop – La Maison du Pastel – Paris
Terry Ludwig Pastels
Ludwig factory – Great Virtual Tour of Terry’s pastel workshop!
Pan Pastels (Color Fin)
Pan Pastel video – One of the newest and most innovative form of pastel medium.
Pan Substrates – Surfaces for using Pan Pastels
Rembrandt Pastels (Royal Talens)
Rembrandt pastels – images showing the ranges available – most are clickable links.
Rembrandt Colour Chart – Useful chart and good colour range.
Rembrandt/Talens brochure – featuring Rembrandt pastels and some of their additional range.
Richeson Soft Pastels
Richeson Soft Pastels – PDF for download
Richeson Pastel Surfaces – PDF for download
Sennelier Website Link – Featuring all of Sennelier Pastel info and other products.
Sennelier Colour Chart -featuring all colours in PDF downloadable format.
Sennelier Latour Fixative – One of the best which I can personally recommend.
Sennelier Pastel Card – Sennelier La Carte – known as Pastel Card – again one I can personally recommend.
Schmincke Pastell (Soft Pastels)
Multi images of the Schmincke pastel sets – many of the images are linked.
chmincke labelling system – useful when cataloging or ordering individual sticks.
Schmincke Pastel Primer – information about the new pastel primer
STAEDLER – new soft pastels
Staedler new soft pastels –
Unison Website – Hand made British pastels
Unison video – click to view
HARD/SEMI HARD PASTELS
Conte a Paris
Conte Carre Hard Pastels –
PASTEL PENCILS AND DRAWING
Conte a Paris
Conte Conte Pastel Pencils images
PASTEL PAPERS AND SUPPORTS
Canson Pastel Paper – One of the most used and dependable pastel papers and of course – one of the oldest.
Video from the Canson Studio –