When I do animals -- on Canson or Sabretooth (they load with pastel faster) -- I often work dark to light so that I can get that "smear" to work for me instead of against me.
Takes little practice, but if you look carefully at the coat you will see that the hair either goes from dark to light, or light to dark along one hair length. A patch of hair may start out black and change to a light blue or very light reflection further down the shaft.
If you drag your lighter/darker pastel in the right direction, it will pick up the previous color and drag it along with the new color, thus giving a gradual color change. You have to be careful with this tho, or it will get awful muddy. I often leave areas between massive darks and lights for just this purpose.
Here's an example (not a good one tho):
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If you look at the area under the eyes where the grey meets the black, then grey, then ochres, all that was "dragged" into each other. There is only one shade of grey there, it looks darker in places because of the black and ultramarine I picked up to drag with it. I also dragged the blacks into the browns and so forth.
I wish I had a better example than this and it works even better on Wallis type papers because you have more control over how many layers you have.
Anyhow, my only point is that if the smear drives you crazy, maybe try using it to your own advantage.
Hope this helps!
<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">Fear faramach, 's e cothromach; ceann is casan math aige; is gun a mhàthair beò.</FONT c>
<FONT size="1">A man of energy, and well-to-do; with good head and good legs; and his mother not alive.
(Lochaber saying which describes the qualities best desired in an eligible bachelor.)
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