Re: pastel : my very first attempts
Your work is very good, just keep on painting with pastels.
to erase, I use the kneaded eraser (gomme mie de pain).
to darken, I put some dark charcoal (fusain) then I put my color or Sometimes I use dark blue or dark violet(the 178 sennelier)
unfortunately, in france, some paper and pastel brands are not to be found. there are no ludwig pastels. in stores such as geant des beaux arts & boesner, you'll find only rembrandt sennelier & schmink. Conté pastels are cheaper and very good quality. I bought many pastels very cheap on "leboncoin".
if I were to buy my first pastels, I would rather buy Girault, they are less hard than rembrandt and less soft than schmink and sennelier.
As for paper, I can only find canson, sennelier and the one I like best "spectrum".