Look what came yesterday!!! I'm so excited. When I first got into combining my Copics with coloured pencils I spent MONTHS researching pencils, literally months. I looked at our budget, my skill level, and reliability of the product. Eventually I decided on Faber-Castell Polychromos and those I've had the longest (4/2012), then for christmas in 2014 I got my Caran d'Ache Pablos, last year I got the Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer pencils for my birthday, and this year I get..... Caran d'Ache LUMINANCE!
Officially the fanciest of the pencils on the market because they're the most lightfast out there (keeping your wall art safe!), they have minimal binders and that makes them soft and smooth as you work with more pigment instead. They come with an all-wax blender pencil to help move the pigment around if you wish, and of course they blend great with just each other. They're similarly soft to Prismas, but since you're working with more pigment than wax they're not slippery and they don't have near instant wax bloom that Prismas do. Since they are softer than the oil-based Polychromos or their wax counterparts Pablos, they do need sharpening more often but they don't break or chip when you do so so that's fine by me.
I also used them (and the blender) with the Polychromos I already had on my current colouring page and oh it's so fun! I've only used them a few hours so far so I'm obviously not an expert, but I'm liking how they fit with my colouring style. And really, that's all that matters, right?
The first thing I did was fill out the colour chart we got from the internet and place them in their BTSKY 72 slot case. I don't use my pencils when they're in big bulky cases and honestly there's no room for them anyway, so all that foam and whatnot had to go so I could work. Took about an hour because the list is not how they were laid out in the box, but I actually prefer this so that's fine. I just had to be really careful to get the numbers right. I'm one of the (apparently few) that hate, hate, HATE doing colour charts but I do find that I like having one. I also kinda want to make an "all inclusive" colour chart. A tiny (4x6 maybe?) ring binder with charts from all my colouring mediums on their proper paper. So like a Copic marker chart on Copic paper, an Inktense chart on watercolour, and pencil charts on cardstock. Right now the charts I have are just printed at my husband's work on their copier/printer beast.
Anyway, I'm off to play, I just wanted to share. And yeah, these weren't cheap, we got a great deal so they were $180 from Cheap Joe's but these are 100% luxury items. I mostly only splurge like this for birthdays because with Cystic Fibrosis every year is truly something to celebrate. June 24th I'll be 35 so it's a big one!!! Have a great day :)