Thought I'd do one each with and without the jar, since halfway through it started to look better without. Except the fireflies/nighttime thing was kinda the whole point. Probs not gonna finish in time since I have no idea what I'm doing anymore.
Also I can't tell if this really counts as a "nocturne" or not. All the others are landscapes.
Correction: not really like charcoal. Kinda like the difference between watercolor and gouache I think. Pastel doesn't seem to want to smooth out like charcoal does, despite being just as soft. It does blend but it takes some fussing. I guess there's no way to blend without fussing.
I think I like it better anyway though, because it sharpens.
On lightly textured paper, a stump seems to work best. Brush works a bit, but only for really light areas with no lines underneath.
On rough gesssod paper, blending with a white charcoal seems to work best. Brushes and stumps just smear it. Also, graphite hates it.