A heavy watercolour paper, primed with Art Spectrum Sanfix ground, is secured with framing tape on my drawing board.
Stabilo Carbothello Pastel Pencils are great to establish the initial drawing and add fine details later on.
Conté square pastels. This is the first box I bought, and that shows...
Some more recent Conté square pastels bought in Paris.
A nice selection of Faber-Castell square pastels. These are half-size sticks, which means that you have more colours for a reasonable price. Hard pastels are good at the initial stage because they don't fill the paper tooth.
The light colours. A mix of Unisson pastels and Sennelier ones (the light colours in the Sennelier range have a more creamy texture).
A selection of medium and dark colours.