Caran d’Ache, Maison de Haute Ecriture, is once more emphasising its expertise in Colour by offering creative professionals the Luminance 6901 colour pencil, a combination of the highest lightfastness and the smoothness of a permanent lead. Two years of research went into developing the formulation in the greatest secrecy in the Geneva workshops.
Caran d’Ache is the only brand to offer a set of 100 colours with 80 colours classified in the best category (Lightfastness I) under standard ASTM D-6901.
24 NEW COLOURS have been added to the Luminance range! Chromium Oxyde Green, Middle Verdigris, Chrysocolla Blue, Ultramarine, Bleu De Nimes, Indanthrone Blue, Dark Indigo, Carmine Lake, Dark Flesh 40%, Terracotta, Herculanum Red, Violet Pink, Hibiscus Pink, Quinacridone Purple, Anthraquinone Carmine, Dark Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Indian Yellow, Light Flesh 10%, Pink White, Dark Flesh 5%, Natural Russet, Dark Flesh and Dark Phtalo Green.
All 100 colours are available individually, or in sets.
guaranteeing creative professionals and artists the world over that their talent will survive.
In addition to the highest lightfastness, the Luminance 6901 leads benefit from an extreme softness which enables you to obtain subtle mixings and gradations, as well as blendings. Every shade has been formulated using finely-ground pigments chosen for their purity, intensity and resistance to UV. Artists, designers, architects, stylists, art Directors, interior designers and so on - all creative professionals will appreciate the technical features, aesthetics and ergonomics of Luminance 6901.
Certified lightfastness and use of FSC wood.
Cut from California cedar, the Luminance 6901 colour pencils carry the FSC label, a guarantee of logging that is environmentally-friendly and socially and economically endurable. Caran d’Ache is a rarity among world pencil manufacturers, for it has obtained this label for both the type of wood used and its conversion in its Geneva workshops.
At the request of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), the American Society for Testing and Material has developed standard ASTM D-6901 to determine the lightfast level of a colour pencil. With Luminance 6901, Caran d’Ache is the only brand to offer a set of 100 colours with 80 colours classified in the best category (Lightfastness I) under standard ASTM D-6901.
Click on the 'i' symbol on the colour swatch to see colour information including lightfastness rating.
Lightfastness I = Excellent Lightfastness
Lightfastness II = Very Good
Very nice colour selections for skintones, best ones I have found so far. The darkest colours can be a bit scratchy when applied to paper, but gives the same end result. A bit larger than ordinary pencils so they don't fit the smaller size sharpeners. In addition the wood casing is harder than normal and while a lesser (handheld) sharpener works, it can grind a bit on the casing making the wood fuzzy. They are very easy to burnish and blends nicely. They don't break easy either. All in all a superb product, I love them. Tina Ramsvik (ROGNAN, Norway) on 2 Dec 2015
The white Luminance pencils are extremely creamy and opaque. Great for working on darker papers. Julie Whitwham (Middleham, United Kingdom) on 16 Feb 2015
The color,blend ability,and glazing capabilities are amazing. The Cornelian, especially vibrant. Michael Rios (Huddersfield, United Kingdom) on 24 Aug 2015