UPDATED: March 20, 2020
Do you want to know more about the colours included in the Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencil range?
You have limited time and energy, yet you want to thoroughly know your coloured pencils. You know it will take time to make colour charts and to sort your pencils according to lightfastness and type.
This post will help you save your time and your energy. It will show you what colour family colours and neutral colours are included in the Caran d’Ache Luminance range of 76 coloured pencils.
Read to the bottom of the post for an even closer look at the Luminance coloured pencils. You can sort and search the pencil colours, colour families, pencil names, pencil numbers and lightfast ratings in an interactive colour chart.
An earlier blog post explored the question which are the better coloured pencils and looked at four artist coloured pencil sets. Two were wax-based and two were oil-based. However, the analysis was limited to looking at four pencils in each colour wheel colour family.
It was further limited in that some coloured pencil brands had fewer – or more – than four pencils in a colour family when grouped by lightfastness.
You can access the colour pencil type and lightfastness comparison analysis by clicking the button below. The chart will help you to follow when we look closer at the individual coloured pencil sets.
Over the next few posts, we’ll explore each of the sets. Read this disclaimer about the analysis.
The first we’ll explore is the Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencil set of 76. This set represents the whole range of Luminance coloured pencils.
A complete lightfast set of pencils
Caran d’Ache Luminance is a range of lightfast wax-based coloured pencils. Caran d’Ache advises that all the colours in the range are certified ASTM D-6901 lightfast with a rating of I or II.
The images below are sourced from the Luminance colour chart on the Caran d’Ache website in August 2019. These images describe and illustrate lightfast performance.
Caran d’Ache Luminance Coloured Pencils
This post has images that include the colour family, colour name, lightfast rating together with a colour swatch for each pencil in the range.
When looking at the set as a whole, all colours (including in the colour wheel family colours and neutrals) are shown in the pie chart below.
The bar chart below shows the comparative numbers of each colour family and neutral colours available in the
The charts above show the Luminance range has a total of 76 pencils, of which 15 are neutral colours, and 61 are colours that belong to colour wheel families.
Now to get a closer look, let’s separate these colours into two groups – the colour wheel colours, and the neutral colours.
The colour wheel colours
The 12 colour wheel family colours available in the set are shown clockwise below:
The Colour Wheel Clock
The Caran d’Ache Luminance complementary colour wheel used in the comparison post shows the colour families. The colour wheel moves clock-wise around the wheel. The table below shows the colour family positions on the clock.
Of the colour wheel colours, the make up of each colour family is outlined below. While the colours are of varying shades and tones, the predominant base colour belongs to the colour wheel family in which it has been placed.
Red – 12 o’clock
Starting with red at the 12.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes 3 red colour family pencils.
Red-Orange – 1.oo o’clock
The next colour family group is red-orange at 1.00 o’clock. This shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes 5 red-orange colour family pencils. It includes red-orange earth colours of sienna and ochre.
Orange – 2.00 o’clock
Next colour is orange at 2.00 o’clock. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes 3 orange colour family pencils.
Orange-Yellow – 3.00 o’clock
Orange-Yellow sits at the 3.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes 7 orange-yellow colour family pencils. It includes orange-yellow earth colours of sienna and ochre.
Yellow – 4.00 o’clock
At 4.00 o’clock sits Yellow. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes 7 yellow colour family pencils.
Yellow-Green – 5.00 o’clock
Yellow-Green sits at 5.00 o’clock. The image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes 8 yellow-green colour family pencils. It includes the earth colour of raw umber.
Green – 6.00 o’clock
The colour family of green sits at 6.00 o’clock. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes 3 green colour family pencils.
Green-blue – 7.00 o’clock
Green-blue is at 7.00 o’clock. The image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes 5 green-blue colour family pencils.
Blue – 8.00 o’clock
Blue is at the 8.00 o’clock position. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes 7 blue colour family pencils.
Blue-Violet – 9.00 o’clock
Blue-Violet sits at the 9.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes 1 blue-violet colour family pencil.
Violet – 10.00 o’clock
Violet sits at the 10.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes 7 violet colour family pencils.
Violet-Red – 11.00 o’clock
Violet-Red sits at the 11.00 o’clock position. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes 5 violet-red colour family pencils.
Colour wheel colour family – Summary
As you can see from the above images, the Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencil range has pencils in all the colour family colours. However, the red, orange, blue-violet and green colour families have less than 4 pencils in each colour family. (see line chart below).
Don’t be limited by the colours
It is not necessary to have four colours in each colour wheel family to successfully complete art work, or be considered to have a full palette of colours.
Also, knowing the colours in the pencil set allows you to decide what types of pictures to draw. You may make many additional colours by layering pencils, and layering colour over the neutral coloured pencils.
Let’s now look at the neutral colours included in the Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencil range.
Of the neutral colours in the set – black, white and greys are available. No metallic colours are included in the range.
Of the set of 76 colours pencils – 15 are neutral. These are shown clockwise in the image below.
The breakdown of these pencils are as follows. First there is the one neutral-black pencil.
Next is cool-grey. This is the largest group with 6 pencils.
Warm-beige follows with 5 pencils.
Warm-grey has 2 pencils.
White is the final neutral colour of one pencil.
The bar chart below shows the breakdown of the set’s neutral colours.
As you can see, the Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencil set and range is made up of a variety of colours and neutrals.
As noted above, the selection of colour is subjective and the reviewer has chosen colour by looking at the actual coloured pencil swatches. Nevertheless, you may find that particular colours belong in different groups or families.
Make your own colour chart
For your knowledge, it’s advisable to draw up your own colour chart so you can get to know the actual colours of your coloured pencils. You will then be able to see how your pencil performs on the papers that you use for your drawings.
However, it takes a long time to make your own chart, and it usually is something that we don’t get around to doing.
If you’ve made your own charts – that’s great. But – as is practical, you might also have your charts in one physical place while you draw in another. You need to have access to the colours where you are – hopefully you’ll be there with internet access and your mobile device.
Interactive Luminance colour chart
To help you with this, the colour charts used in this post were rearranged into a sortable and searchable format in an interactive colour chart. This should help you choose your Luminance pencils. It will also help you get better understanding of what pencils are available in the Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencil range. Access the chart and the learn how to use the chart by clicking the image below.
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