Soft pastels are a medium that straddles the line between painting and drawing. In the style that I create with soft pastels, I consider it to be painting, as I mainly use layers of pigment to create shape, colour and value with less use of marks and lines.
All papers and soft pastels used are professional grade. I most often use Unison Colour on Sennelier la Carte Pastel card. The materials used for a particular artwork can be found in the product description.