The best way to learn?
Took up sketching two years ago, and moved into pastels this year.
Did a bit of colored pencils and so learned color with that medium.
I have been disappointed in the instructional videos on YouTube as most seem to be mere ads for products. I don't know if any of these are worthwhile.
My take on learning this is that for a few years I must consider myself a student. Painting is a hobby for me, not a way to make a living, but as my kids are at the age of leaving the house now, I have time to explore painting. My background as a dentist and a teacher of dentists tells me that effort plus time will equal results.
So.... what is the best way for a newbie to learn pastels? Private lesson, video, book?