My mixed-media drawing/paintings are extensively created with pastels. A good majority of the work is made with Rembrandt pastels which are a good medium hard pastel, and Sennelier (which are a soft pastel) which I often use for the last layer. I love their saturated pigment... especially in the reds and blues. But I also make a good deal of use of NuPastels by Prismacolors, which are more compressed, narrow (like conte) and very hard. I love using these for details... and especially in the flesh tones of my drawings. Unfortunately, I have been informed by various sources that they have been discontinued by the manufacturer. One of my old studio partners worked at the best local art supply chain and for years he would get me individual sticks of the colors I used the most: white, buff, salmon pink, flamingo, and a few others. I have found that I can still order the large 96-color sets through Dick Blick... and the price is reasonable... but I cannot order the individual colors. I have enough of these pastels among all my supplies to last me for a while (certainly for the next couple of paintings or more) but I am looking for alternatives for future use. Is anyone aware of a pastel similar to NuPastels that have a good variety of colors in the portrait/earth-tone family? I am looking at conte which comes in more colors than the usual black, sanguine, Tuscan Red, Burnt Sienna, and white (often used in life drawing). Conte, however, is far more difficult than NuPastel to erase. I am also looking at pastel pencils. These would be very good for fine details... but are quite a bit more narrow than NuPastel. Seriously, I hate when art supply manufacturers discontinue a material/media that you have come to love and be quite familiar with. Anyway... again... anyone here have experience with a pastel media that they feel would be a good alternative to the NuPastels?