The Difference Between Polychromos and Luminance Colored Pencils

If you have been using colored pencils to draw, you should also become aware of the different types of colored pencils which may vary in terms of color intensity and hardness or softness of lead. When it comes to choosing the best colored pencils and knowing the difference between one brand and another, Emmy certainly knows a lot because she is an accomplished artist herself.

Emmy started drawing in 2014, and she has been using a wide range of colored pencils to create beautiful images and portraits.

In this video tutorial, Emmy talks about the difference between Faber Castel Polychromos VS Caran d’ache Luminance colored pencils. She shows you how the colors from these two pencils blend together and how they vary in terms of color saturation. She also uses a pencil eraser and a sharp blade to reveal more differences between the two colored pencils in question.

Watch the video to know and learn more!

[Materials Used: Bristol smooth surface paper, Faber Castell polychromos pencils, Faber Castell pencil eraser, Caran d’ache luminance pencils, White uni posca 0.7mm]

strathmore 11 inch 14 inch bristol 20 sheet smooth paper
  • This item is 11x14 Smooth Bristol 20/pad
  • This item is Acid Free
  • This item is manufactured in United States
  • Excellent for mechanical drawing, pencil, pen and ink
  • Includes 20 sheets of paper
  • Heavy paper weight
  • Smooth Finish
  • Artists appreciate this paper for it's better than the textured watercolor paper, creating a smoother surface for watercoloring and blending of Distress inks.


    It's not blindingly white, but not off-white, either. It's a nice soft white and has a silky feel to it.


    It makes great card bases. Artists enjoy using this Bristol smooth surface paper with acrylic paints, watercolor, and colored pencils. This paper can take a remarkable amount of abuse from water-based media before the fibers start breaking down.


    For colored pencils, it is probably not the best if you do loads of layering. This paper works like a dream with watercolor markers. All in all, it is a quality and versatile paper.

    faber castel 110060 polychromos colored pencil metal tin 60 pieces
  • Polychromes Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin 60pc
  • Acid free. Imported
  • Color pencils can be laid down with delicate or strong strokes to unfold their vibrant colors
  • Vibrant, Easy to Blend Colors

    Buttery smooth color laydown. Polychromos Pencils an be easily blended for layered effects, highlights and transitions

    Polychromos Color Pencils have an oil-based technology lead for blending smoothly without the concern of waxy bloom that results with-wax based color pencils.

    faber castell perfection eraser pencil with brush
  • For precise erasing
  • Suitable for ink, Indian Ink, ballpoint pen and typewriter
  • With brush
  • Made from rubber
  • PVC-free
  • White hard eraser for liquid, water-based, ballpoint, and typewriter ink in a stick form. Handy brush at the end for sweeping away erasings. Perfection 7058-B, made in Germany.


    An absolute MUST if you enjoy adult coloring books:  erases pencil, gel pens, and even art markers (but not Sharpies)

    caran d'ache luminance 6901 pencil set 76 artist rng
  • High lightfastness and smoothness
  • Swiss made
  • 76 piece assortment
  • Can be blended and layered for various effects
  • Pigments chosen for purity-intensity and resistance to UV
  • The Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 76 piece colour pencil set is a combination of the highest lightfastness and the smoothness of a permanent lead. Every shade has been formulated using finely-ground pigments chosen for their purity, intensity and resistance to UV. Colours can be blended, burnished and layered on a variety of surfaces. The casing is made of California Cedar from managed forests. Also included are 2 Full Blender-Bright Sticks to allow for the blending of colours. the pencil cap indicates the colour of the pencil.


    These and their watercolor partners, the museum aquarelles are a must-have for anyone wanting to do colored pencil art. These, Holbeins for pastels, and Faber Castells for oil based, and the three top brands for the most beautiful work one can do. 

    About the Author Andrea Wood Schmitz

    Mom of 6, Christian, writer, publisher, coloring-addict, coffee dependent.

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