Caran d’Ache Luminance Pencils – What can l tell you about these glorious pencils that hasn’t already been written? Probably nothing, but I can tell you that these are simply amazing to work with. The following is my own opinion and l have not been influenced by anyone to write my review. I draw a lot of commission pet portraits so it is important for me to use premium quality pencils.
These pencils are some of the most intense colours l have ever worked with, they are premium quality and they are UV-resistant. These are still a wax based pencil but what makes them so great is they create little wax bloom and layering them is a dream. Even with multiple layers there is essentially no wax bloom. The colours are lightfastness. The lead is really strong, enabling a really fine tip for intense detailing. I was truly amazed at just how smooth they were. I was able to blend colours together to get some of the colours l required. The only con l found, is the variety of subtle colours available was limited, as the Luminance collection l believe is focused on bright colours. I was able to grab some of the colours l needed from my Premier Prisma Colour pencil collection and use them, they worked well with the Caran d’Ache Luminance Collection, what a bonus, l had best of both worlds.
What l really loved the most about the Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils is how durable they were. I seriously didn’t have a breakage once when using or sharpening them, which means my pencils will last longer, a super pro considering these are an expensive pencil so be prepared to gasp when you see the price.
Overall these are simply the best coloured pencils l have used so far. I would rate these a 10 out of 10 in my opinion.
Working on a winter painting, I have to admit that l am not a fan of the cold and l hate driving in the winter, but something magical happens in the winter when the snow starts to fall. I love knowing that the snow is falling outside and l have no plans but to stay indoors, in my studio with a warm cup of coffee while l inhale the aromatic scent of sweet Vanilla. l stare at the falling snow and the shimmering trees. Painting a winter scene can be quite challenging, l always assumed it would be easy, but there is a lot to remember when laying down your paint colours. You can’t just use white.
I thought l would share with you some helpful tips to create a dreamy and better snowy winter scene. Really look at your shadows and highlights, and remember snow is not straight white. The snow will reflect the colours around it. Evoke the wintery magical feeling in your painting, so get some really good reference photos and examine them, study the snow and play around with your paint colours.
Have fun creating!
I am hoping that l can be inspirational and informative. I always feel that paying it forward is a great way to live life. As a self taught artist l will try and share with you what l have learned.