Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils and Pastel Cubes Sets

Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils are made from pure raw materials to create a pastel pencil paste that is fed by hand into round moulding dies, oven-dried in special baskets, carefully glued between two strips of the finest California cedar, and cut into lengths to produce several pencils. Four coats of clear varnish are applied, and great care is taken to exactly match the color cap to the shade of the pastel. As a final step, the pencils are sharpened in a double-cone process, a particularly delicate operation for such a fragile product.

Features of these pencils include a large lead diameter (4.7 mm) with a strong point and a rich texture that adheres well to most surfaces. Creamy to apply, the pencils shade easily, while their hexagonal, rounded barrels reduce the risk of breakage from rolling off work surfaces.

Features of the Caran d’Ache Pastel Cubes include a softer texture that preserves their shading qualities. Made from pure raw materials and fed by hand into moulding dies to form cubes, the pastel paste is allowed to dry at room temperature over several days. The resulting 83 mm × 6 mm shape is easy to handle and features an imprinted color identification number.

Extremely flexible, Pastel Cubes can be held horizontally or flat for covering large areas, or vertically to use their fine edges for detailed work.

The color range for both the Pastel Pencils and Pastel Cubes includes a well-balanced selection of 84 shades that are vivid, luminous, natural (toned down), and respond perfectly to the needs of professional pastelists. Also included is a wide range of clear and dark flesh tones, and shades of Cobalt Blue, Green Earth, Beige, and cold and warm Grays often sought by pastelists who love a variety and depth of shades.

Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils and Pastel Cubes are also exceptionally lightfast. Of the range of 84 colors, 61 keep their intensity and luminosity unchanged for more than 50 years, and some even up to 100 years.

The pencils are available individually. The themed assortments contain a carefully selected array of Pastel Pencils and matching Pastel Cubes.

Initiation Assortment of 24 — This assortment provides the essential colors for getting started in pastel drawing. It can be used in a wide range of subjects such as portraits, landscapes, still lifes, animals, or abstract art. The set includes 12 Pastel Pencils and 12 Pastel Cubes of the same color.

Landscape Assortment of 40 — This assortment contains colors that are vivid, brilliant, and intense, but also the subtle tones for depicting the sky, water, the greens in flowers or forests, rocks, and the scenery of wide horizons. The set includes 20 Pastel Pencils and 20 Pastel Cubes of the same color.

Portrait Assortment of 40 — This assortment offers the best colors for capturing the different skin types, textures, shadows, highlights, and tissues that are essential in the art of portraiture. It is also ideal for a wide range of animal subjects. The set includes 20 Pastel Pencils and 20 Pastel Cubes of the same color.

Retouch Assortment of 12 — Warm tones inspired by the colors of the Earth, this assortment is ideal for adding the finishing touches to shadow areas, or for sketching and bringing depth or contrast to a subject. The set includes 6 Pastel Pencils and 6 Pastel Cubes of the same color.

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Initiation Assortment of 24
Initiation Assortment of 24
Landscape Assortment of 40
Portrait Assortment of 40
Retouch Assortment of 12

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