I think the biggest problem people have when drawing with crayons is that they regress to being five years old again. They hold the crayon like they're coloring again, instead of applying it like a fine art medium. Another problem is that many people want to make it perform like colored pencils. While similar in application, they are quite different. You should not use crayons and expect them to behave like colored pencils. You'll be setting yourself up for disappointment.
Soft Pastels are interesting media to work with. It can also be fun for you can use your own fingers to apply the color or you can use a brush or cotton balls.Just outline the drawing with your chosen color and smudge it with your finger, brush or cotton. You can achieve a soft, hazy look with this just like the one in the picture. Plus, you can actually erase smudges using eraser.