Let’s see how Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils compared to Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils when used side-by-side. Since both brands are on the expensive side, this is valuable information if you’re considering either one.
Like most artists, I have a long list of items on my To Be Purchased list. Top on that list are colored pencils.
Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils are among my most desired colored pencils. I’ve wanted to try these oil-based colored pencils since first learning of them years ago.
Caran d’ache Luminance pencils are also high on my list and my curiosity was first sparked by this video review.
But neither set is inexpensive, so which to choose first?
Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils Compared to Caran d’ache Luminance Pencils
The following review comparing these pencils provides a basis on which to make a decision. The review is provided by Emmy Kalia on YouTube. Emmy’s YouTube channel and her web site feature tutorials in colored pencils and graphite with a special focus on human subjects. Some of her most interesting videos are about drawing hair and skin tones.
My Thoughts on Emmy’s Comparison
As I mentioned above, this video is very interesting, as well as being informative.
I’m most interested in the ability to draw with an eraser after laying down color with both pencils. I’ve found some ways to lift color with Prismacolor, but it’s nowhere near as easy as Emmy makes it look in this video.
Drawing with a knife—a process known as sgrafitto—is also intriguing. I’ve done a little of this with Prismacolor pencils but have never been very happy with the results. Perhaps I’m just using the wrong pencils!
But what about choosing which pencils to buy first?
My heart was still set on a set of Polychromos after watching this video. I’ve been wanting those for years and finally got a full set in 2017.
But I’m once again drawn by the prospect of being able to draw light over dark and you can’t do that with Polychromos. So Luminace are still on my To Be Purchased list.
If you’ve used either of these pencils, share your thoughts on why you would—or wouldn’t recommend them to another artist.