Imagine applying pencil colour to paper… imagine the lead glides over the paper effortlessly, like a warm knife through soft butter, leaving a delicious line of vivid colour. It might help that the beautifully made pencil does this with a suave Swiss accent!
Luminance – as the name suggests – sports an amazing array of 76 luminous colours. What I love most about the Luminance colour range is the fact that they are really natural, soft shades often not found in other sets. They are just so… usable – especially as a wildlife, or animal artist.
From an artist point of view this is the limousine of pencils. The lightfastness ratings are spectacular ( have a look at my blog here on why that is important!) and the pencils sport a generous 3.8mm soft oil-based core that holds a point fairly well. Luminance pencils blend exceptionally well with solvents and blenders and enables you to do multiple layers. I also don’t find that wax bloom is a big problem when doing multiple layers, which is a real plus.
But there is one more trait that sets the Luminance pencil apart from other pencils (*drumroll*) – the fact that the light colours are so opaque that they actually are visible when applied over darker colours. The Luminance white is viewed as one of the best white pencils around.
Colours are also available open-stock, which means you can buy singles instead of replacing an entire set when your Violet-Grey is reduced to the length of a peanut.
Not an artist? There is no reason you cannot use a limousine to run to the corner café for milk and bread! I imagine these must be absolutely heaven to colour with. They apply and blend so smoothly that you might just become addicted to colouring!
Let’s chat about price then. Caran d’Ache is a premium brand demanding a premium price, but having tested and used a myriad of pencils I can honestly avow that the Luminance pencil is worth every penny. Their is a quality to the pencil that is unparalleled – both in build and pigment. Even the packaging is impressive!
Neither Rome nor limousines are built in a day, so go out, buy a few colours and try them and don’t forget to get a white pencil (insider’s tip: use the white to blend colours together, then layer more colour on top to get a nice rich depth)…you know you want to!
I will be discussing pastel pencils, coloured pencils, paper and other odds and ends too, so keep an eye on my Facebook page for new blogposts.
In the meantime – here is a little look at some of the progress photos of ‘A Mother’s Love’ that I completed earlier this year.