TESTING the MOST EXPENSIVE COLORED PENCILS!? // Caran D’ache Luminance Pencils

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Guys, I did
something that took me almost two years to make the decision to do, and let
me just preface this video by saying I’m a very, very frugal person. I hate
spending money, but because art is my career, I wanted to upgrade something
pretty big, since… you know… I sell my artwork to make a living… and what it is…
cannot believe I did this! But seriously, it took me two years to
make up my mind. I bought the Caran D’ache Luminance colored pencils! I’m
super super excited about this! I pretty much just went all out, and
that is because — let me show you something real quick…
All these old prismacolor pencil tins that I have… they’re really busted
up. They’re really broken and let’s be real… these are both probably around ten years
old. One of them might be nine. I don’t know. And outside ofYouTube, I like to do realism. I like to draw
people. Get all the plastic off. So the reason why I got these pencils… it’s not
to a brag that I got new pencils in a video, but I really want to push
myself artistically and off camera dive into a lot of the artwork that I really
like, but maybe don’t have time to film because the filming and editing process
is really long. One of the biggest reasons I got them was because, if I
intend to sell my artwork, I want it to be lightfast. Okay, so these are very
lightfast. I almost got the Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, but I…
I looked up a lot of reviews, and compared them, and I think for the stuff
that I plan to draw, the color selection in this set just made more sense to me.
So I’m really excited about this, and I want to test these out in today’s video!
And I hope that we like them. *laughs* Oh my goodness! I’m so excited!
Ah! Oh my word this is legit, yo! What in the world?! This is packaged very
nicely! Wow! Never seen art supplies packaged so boujie before! Okay, I did get the
biggest set that they had. That’s the 76 set, because I already know that I like
colored pencils, and I would rather just get the set up front. That’s the
kind of person I am. I’m not super huge on slowly building sets. I
just want to dive in. I’m really excited to do portraits! Oh my goodness!
Oh my word! This is incredible. There’s all these little trays! What do I do with them?! Where do I… sit them?Alright, let’s let’s open this up! Oh my word!
Whoa! Get out! Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Look at all these neutrals! Oh my goodness!
This is so beautiful! Do you see this?! Okay, this is the art nerd in me coming
out fully right now. We are going to swatch some stuff today! I do have my
good pencil sharpener on me, so we can get stuff really sharp and have a good
time! Draw some things! I am ready for this! I am so ready for this, guys! Alright, I have all this colored pencil paper here, and true story dude,
I bought this like a year and a half ago when I was
planning to buy new colored pencils, but again, I am somebody who like… these kinds
of decisions take me a really long time. So I bought the paper, and then I
was like, “oh is that a good decision? I don’t know.. I should look at more reviews.”
And yeah, here we are! I even message different artists like, “would you recommend the Polychromos, or the Caran D’ache pencils?”
and then I ended up getting these ones! Oh my goodness! This is so exciting! This
is a nice like.. firm feeling pencil.. you don’t really have to press hard to get a
lot of pigment, and that is impressive to me. So I’m not pressing super hard to
like fill in all that white space, because these pencils aren’t like fully
sharpened yet. I like them to have a really really sharp point. Wow, this is so
cool, guys! Wow, okay we definitely just need to jump into a drawing and
experience it! I can swatch more off camera.
That’s okay! This is nice though. Alright guys, I have a question for you
because when I get a new art supply, there’s always that one thing that I go
to draw because I’m comfortable with that thing — eyes. So since I’m testing
these colored pencils, what a great opportunity to just draw an eye! Go back
to my old roots.. see what we can do with this new set of pencils.. Does anybody
else do this, or am I just weird? Does anybody go to some sort of comfort thing
to draw when they’re entering a new beginning with a new supply? Alright guys,
I have a lot to say about these. I’m gonna be spilling some tea, but I’m gonna
give you a little heads up: this is not sponsored. I paid for this. I saved up for
these, and everything I’m gonna tell you here is just my experience. So I
have been using Prismacolors for about 10 years now, and my babies are busted up.
They’re crumbling to dust, and every time I sharpen them, I get really frustrated.
just being real with you. I love the pencils to death, but I was just getting
annoyed that they broke so much, so that’s why I kind of decided to venture
into other brands. I was really nervous about switching, because I really
liked how soft and pigmented the lead was in my Prismacolors. They blended so
beautifully, and I still really like them. I still plan to use them… I’m not bashing them or anything like that… but I was I guess I was nervous to switch, because I
hear that a lot of other colored pencils are different, but I noticed some things
with these and I really liked it. The lead is a lot harder. Tt doesn’t break as
often, so that’s a plus. And blending actually isn’t harder like I thought it
would be! But it feels the same to me. They’re both wax based, so yeah.
I would say the wax bloom on these is significantly less than Prismacolors. I can layer and
layer and yeah it.. just keeps going! I really like that. I also really enjoyed
the fact that there are so many skin tones, and there are also so many
neutrals. I really like layering neutrals on top of other colors. Guys,
this this entire piece just felt like home to me.
Even though it was a new art supply… diving back into realism just felt
really good. I’ve actually been doing this a lot behind the scenes lately. I
just don’t really share it, because filming YouTube videos is a lot of
pressure. Like first of all, you have to make sure your lighting is okay. Your
camera angle. Your audio. And then then there’s the pressure of sketching
on camera, you know? And realism it takes forever, guys. Like… forever. I mean,
sometimes I can spend days on a realistic portrait, so to edit that is
like subjecting my computer to crashing, and then me having a breakdown. So I
usually do more illustrative stuff on my channel. I have done a couple realistic
things in the past like Professor Snape, and it actually it doesn’t even do
really well on my channel, so I don’t even know if people want to see this. But I’m having
fun just creating what I enjoy for today’s video!
This piece didn’t take super long. It was more of a gestural realistic piece.
Like you can see the paper peeking through some of the skin tones (yes, I am intentionally using the textured side. That’s my style) I would
normally cover all of that up, but I was I was just having fun. I talked about
this piece with my Patrons, and I think I tend to gravitate toward realism when
I’m coping with a lot of stressful stuff in life, so looking at the past
like months worth of artwork… I would say yeah, I have been stressed out.
This is such a great outlet for me, though. Tt feels really good to just let
go. Part of my mind feels like it can turn off and process other
compartments of my life when I do realism. So I really enjoy that. By the
way, if you want to see like sneak peeks of stuff that I don’t really talk about
on my channel or in-depth on Instagram, you can find that stuff over on Patreon.
There’s a link below this video. I do touch on more personal background
info with my pieces and stuff, so if you’re curious, you can check that out
because I did ramble on about this piece on there. This was really
fun, and I feel like very in tune with a lot of things now, because this was just
how I introverted and processed a lot of stuff I’ve been going through. And I felt
kind of burnt out lately, and this was actually really recharging. Let me know
if you guys have a creative outlet below, and what it is. How do you process life
when you need to introvert? I’d be really curious to hear that ,and the things you
enjoy doing! Here’s the finished piece! Thank you so much for watching, guy! I hope you enjoyed this video! If you liked the realism thing, let me know, and
maybe I’ll do it here and there more often. Have a good day, everybody! Bye!


  • Nicole Leckner

    Just wanted to say I'm new to your channel and this was an awesome video to watch for my first one. It was nice to see someone react the way I do upon purchase of new art supplies🤣

  • Arsidala

    How much, these cost?

  • Paul Whitear

    I'm left handed, and thought it was me who couldn't draw because if that. But watching you, I see it can be done.

  • Sue Wilkinson

    Fabulous eye. I would have loved to see how you did the skin texture.

  • Judy Morgan

    In 1981, San Francisco, I bought a 18 pencil Caran d'Ache set and paid what waa exorbitant to me…i still have it and just now discovered they are watercolor pencils…..never saw the little gold umbrella before. $20.00 now. Note to self: don't hoard out of fear of not having enough money to replace. Use your treasures and your art will bless others.

  • Ian Psalm

    U draw soo good i love your drawings I love watching u!! So much and your drawings are way better than my Crapy drawings

  • Sakuems

    I only have the neutral shades in that product range and a few light shade because they are WAY more opaque than my polychromos but I never made the decision to get a full set. They are amazing still, and Caran d'ache is like THE best brand for pencils. Even their more affordable range, the pablo pencils are super pigmented and opaque, I love using this on top of watercolors.

  • S Cuppers

    Wauw, wauw & wauw from the Netherlands.


  • Owen Brooks

    Caran dashe is the same drawing quality as prisma color but it doesnt break as easy its thicker and it last way longer

  • Katherine Goddard

    Wow. You are so talanted.

  • Katherine Goddard

    I love adult colouring books when I am stressed.

  • Roy Gordon

    I comfort draw horses and flowers 🤔🤔🤗🤗

  • Spark Creative

    Those nervous laughs lmfao

  • Vile Vision Studios

    In reference to your skin tones, have you tried using solvents to blend in your color pencils in the grain of the art paper?

  • Julie Cassidy

    Amazing x

  • Stephanie Toler

    This is actually one of my favorite pieces from you and I look forward to seeing you do more realism cause, it seems to be your passion

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  • RjAf MAKES

    I own a sewing and bag making business and when im stressed and overwhelmed with pressure i pick up my art supplies and draw. You have just produced a beautiful drawing of the eye you definitely need to do more.

  • dave bannister

    i come from a different direction i am an industrial electrician who is 61 years old i had to give up my passion for fast motorbikes and fast cars do i took up art instead i buy top quality as on the great scheme of things a lovely bit of motor bike faring costs $800 and is destroyed in a second when you fall off a box of pencils one week in the same contex will last me out dont get me wrong im as frugal as you and i dont sell my work yet but it gets better and better every day good luck and make millions on the web you are a natural go and create love MET (its pronounced meaty from my graffiti gang days 45 years ago im bristle )

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    Mine is xxxtentacion

  • marie-elena Waldrip

    I understand totally- when life gets to be too much, I design shoes and furniture- I wish I could do what you do! You are so talented!

  • Maw G

    you are so blessed!! I'm 72 yrs young right now. when I was younger, I use to draw a good bit, got away from it, then back. I taught Sunday School n drew a lot of pictures. But, I'm the artist who has to LOOK at the picture. I don't draw much anymore, but I color a lot..God has totally blessed you.! I also use Prisms color, and I live them. I'm going to check the New Ones out m start saving. thank you for sharing, I may start back!!!! God bless you n yours

  • Wesley Banks

    that green at 10:28 was beautiful!

  • Kelly B

    Perfection ❤️

  • Cat 121212

    OMG that was amazing 😉

  • albin albin

    I LOVE this

  • jirojoseph esman

    Great video…can have the hand me downs thanks.. have a blessed day

  • heyheykimbee

    I love watching realism because 1. I'm not at that level so it helps me learn, and 2. I love being like "why is she using that color, it looks craz… oh. Oh my."

  • Fiona Carvell

    I love these I own a set afraid to use them 😋😋😋😋

  • Tri-Angle Production

    This was amazing, the drawing is exactly what I love to do “not that I am good at it” but I am glad i clicked on this video.

  • Sam van der Slikke

    I make cirkels whit shadows

  • Sam van der Slikke

    I love the eye and I have a watercolor set of these there soooooo expencif

  • Derpcat

    500th comment! Why do I do this

  • TheRindyrae

    Hi new sub here. You draw so beautiful. I am going to research your videos.👍

  • Steph H

    I stumbled across this video and I’m so glad I did! You have a new sub. Now I’m going to check out your other videos 🙂

  • Katherine McCarney

    This is the first video of yours I’ve ever seen, but wow. You’re so talented!!! I’d love to see some realism!!

  • Renáta Kiss

    Aren't Holbein pencils more expensive? I'm not sure I just know that they are very unaffordable xD

  • Hayley Griffiths

    Yes I do the safety zone….usually a face.

  • Cee Cielo

    more 😍

  • Marlon Doomen

    I totally know how you feel! I bought myself the Faber Castell Albrecht Durer pencils 3 years ago. The full wooden box and it cost me a fortune (€259) But everytime I see and open it, Infeel so fortunate to be able to buy this for myself! I think it’s the best gift ever. Never apologise for it 🤗

  • Chilly Studios

    What a beautiful piece! I love it! Yeah, I certainly have some things I naturally go to. I have a couple of OCs that I can draw instantly from heart and they are probably the most comfortable thing I can draw. And dinosaurs. I just love drawing them. Because there is no real pressure in making them look just right because we don't know what 'just right' really was. I like to go crazy coloring them.

  • Teresa Armstrong

    Wow! That is so realistic! Do you have Utube tutorials?

  • Stephen Bailey

    I own the full 120 set of Polychromos and definitely want to add some Lumimance colors to my collection.

    Anyone out there own both of these brands and can tell me what color gaps exist in Polychromos that I could fill with a few Luminance colors? So far I'm eyeing the super light colored neutrals. Polychromos doesn't really have many light light colors

  • Moriganna Brown

    My go to pattern is always leaves and swirly things. LOL I totally draw those all the time. I do something different then oops right back to the leaves. LOL I totally get that.

  • Rebecca Olsen - Stuff and Nonsense

    Lovely piece! Now I have to check these out. A tip for your prismas, if they break, wrap them in a warm wheat heat pack, the wax melts a little and then they are fine again.

  • Emily Fitchpatrick

    I love watching you do realism. I struggle with realism myself and watching you helps me.

  • Gail Miller

    Beautiful!! So realistic, you are so talented!!

  • Dark Sushi

    i drew an eye too when i got my first set of coloured pencils to test themm❤️

  • Alexandre Bavaresco

    Oh my goodness! I’m very happy for you! You surely deserve these pencils! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • MaryFaith Mobley

    My go to are eyes too!

  • Michelle Petrovich

    Awesome piece I’d love to see more pieces like this!!!!!

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  • Michelle Villanueva

    Oh my i love u …ma god such a beautiful art

  • Lisa Hughes

    i love the realism, you're so talented

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  • Fernanda Raya

    Omg yes do it

  • Sarah Marie Lamb Cratsenburg

    Omg those pencils are amazing! I bought a small set of Prismacolors recently and they did not live up to the reputation… They're better than the Crayola I'm used to, but I still have to press pretty hard, I need more layers, they are warped, and the lead is off-center in most of them. Luminance is the type I want. But I have to choose my primary medium when I'm spending money, and in my case that's acrylics. Just spent about $200 on my first professional grade acrylics and the stuff to go with them. Took me 6 months to make that order, and several years to decide which brand. Lol you are not the only one that weighs those decisions so carefully! You keep doing you ♥️

  • Honey Bat Toys

    I could watch you draw anything in any style. Do whatever you like on your channel

  • Honey Bat Toys

    I think it makes a lot of sense to draw something that you’ve done so many times because you already know the techniques you are going to use and so if it doesn’t work out the way you wanted it to you you know that it’s the material you’re using and not the concept that you can’t execute.

  • Hanaa Nur Rizqeena

    Your a true painter

  • Hanaa Nur Rizqeena

    The eye looks so realistic

  • Lorelai Bailey

    It takes me like 5 days to think of something to draw

  • Madisn A human

    I wish I could draw like you… And I LOVE to draw but I can’t draw realism my outlet is drawing like doodles because I am not good at art but I try!😌

  • xøxø pøtãtøe gãchã xøxø

    I wish i could draw like you!!

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  • Jessica Lesher

    Love love love realism

  • alexis steverson

    Can you do more realistic drawings pls

  • Laura Rossmurphy

    Yes…more realism drawings! You are very talented and I enjoy watching you work

  • Yeet boi BTS

    This is reaaaaallly good I couldn't do anything close to that, I'm so glad that Chloe mentioned you

  • oof lol

    Your realism is sooo GOOD!

  • Dennis Hopkins

    Chloe said you were great! And she was right.

  • Missy

    Mira, I just have to tell you that subbing to your channel was one of the best decisions I've made in A VERY long time! I especially love the realism sketches you do and the practical sketching trick videos you do as well. I am an amateur artist and sketching is my strong suit, but I'm trying to go more towards other artistic outlets and your videos make me seriously want to get back into serious sketching.
    I just wanted to pop in and thank you for making these types of videos because I am entertained and I also just love that when I am also stressed or need to relax, I can turn on one of your videos, turn down the volume, and just veg out on your art. You are so amazing, Mira! Please don't ever give up on your creativity because it is helping me and so many other people get through life.
    God bless you! 🙏🏻

  • Missy

    And eyes are also my go to thing when I get a new art medium. You're not alone! Haha!

  • Yuderka Rodriguez

    OMG I WISH I HAD ART SKILL LIKE THAT LOVE UR REALISM LIKE ITS AWSOME!!! Love u and ur drawing pieces❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • alle ella

    this is so great.. love it..

  • Stephanie Schlehuber

    More realism…please! That eye is incredible.

  • Gaina

    That's stunning! 😁 I find watercolour very calming (even though they used to frustrate me in the past! 😁. I also like being out in my garden, potting up containers. 😊

  • Rachel anns

    I also draw eyes when I’m testing new art supplies, it’s nice to have something you can just autopilot so you can focus on the actual art supplies you are using not what you are drawing ☺️

  • David Stojilkovic

    From what country is she?

  • Brent Moss

    When I normally test new art supplies I do eyes too😊😊

  • Rylan

    "I've never seen art supplies so bouge-y before!!!"
    U N S U B S C R I B E D

    Jk, Jk!!! Your workd is awesome, and it's always so so refreshing to upgrade!

  • Ebony Knight

    I had no idea you could do this. I would recommend you try Strathmoor Bristol Vellum for coloured pencils (if you havent already), its such a good surface.

  • Marina Riquelme

    Yes please do more I could watch you draw all day I learn so much from you I love you're work☺️👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • antflicker art

    This is a truly lovely drawing. I hope you’re still loving your splurge purchase.

  • Emma Gould

    That drawing is amazing! I want to see more realism

  • Harry Potter Fan Art

    your so inspiring

  • Casey Jahr

    your realism is really good . keep it up

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  • Olivia W

    When ever I buy anything for art I check ALL the YouTube reviews ALL Amazon reviews I check EVERYTHING before I even think about buying it!

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  • Cathy Litchfield

    That eye is beautiful!!!! It looks just like my oldest daughter's eye. I wish I had even half of your talent and skills. Btw… The more you drop your pencils the more the "lead" will break…. Just a thought 🙂

  • Marissa Daily

    The Snape drawing looks amazing.

  • Seymour Butts

    I'm 52 years old and took up drawing in June 2019. Since then I realise I have one regret about art/drawing; I wish I'd started a lot sooner because it's so much fun and so incredibly absorbing, but I spent years not trying it, afraid of "failure"! And I've noticed something too, don't know if others who draw noticed this particularly when they first started out. When I look at things, whether on TV or in real life, I'm often now asking myself how I could draw it, and then start measuring by eye between different points in the subject, which I've found feels right for me, very often without even realising I'm doing it. For instance, if I'm drawing a face I keep measuring by eye different points between say, parts of the nose, the eyes, the lips etc and seeing how they all interact together as a set of shapes, blends and hues. For the first time in my life, I feel that I'm now REALLY looking at things, and REALLY seeing them. Don't know if that makes sense, but it's the best way I can describe it.

    And what I'm really enjoying is that I'm obviously a complete noob, so I'm making a lot of mistakes, and having to rework/erase all the time, so when I start off with a reference picture I never really know how my piece is going to work out and how it's going to look. So when I've finished it's always really fascinating for me to stand back and look at what I've done, and how it compares to my reference. A real journey of discovery! Although also an amount of frustration when (usually) it doesn't look how I wanted it to at the end. But that is also acting as a spur, and motivator, to carry on and try to see where I've made mistakes, and what I can do improve upon them next time.

    Before I started I bought some art equipment (the usual, pencils, paper, blenders etc) but didn't start for quite a time as I was really worried about starting out and finding that I've got absolutely zero talent/aptitude for it. Then I kept noticing the same type of comment from real artists out there as opposed to dabblers like me; talent is great if you've got it to begin with, but ANYBODY can learn to create decent art, and have fun doing it, if they're willing to put in the practice and keep at it, as it's a skill which anyone can build up if they're patient and don't give up and learn from mistakes rather than be put off by them. And do you know what? After only less than three months I've found they're right! Sure, my progress is glacial, but I've noticed there is SOME slight progress.

    So to anyone else reading this, who wants to get started, but has similiar fears to the ones I had I would say this; get stuck in, have fun (including having fun getting things wrong and figuring out why it went wrong), relax and know that it's not a race to become the next Da Vinci (or whoever else you really love as an artist) but rather a journey without end that is so full of pleasure and satisfaction.

    Oh, and one other thing. That drawing of the eye by Mira? OMG, what an absolutely FABULOUS piece of artwork! And also such an inspiration (at least it has been to me) to carry on and try to progress my own (currently VERY meagre) skillset! Not just the piece itself that was an inspiration, but also Mira's obvious infectious enthusiasm for art, and her whole attitude.

  • Urban Cowgirl

    One year,and the seller didn't know what they had and did no look them up and I got those that you have for forty dollars,yea beyond a great deal.👏👏😆😆 you will love them, I do, .Oh the best way to sharpen them is use a blade, so you don't wanna waist any of the pigment, treat them like glass, u don't want the colour lead to break,if it does and will by using a sharpner,put the pencil in the microwave for about ten seconds to strengthen the lead. Hope this helps.

  • nickwalco

    4:55 is when she actually starts testing

  • Dominika Manczak

    As I'm a complete beginner artist, when I need to switch off I do paint by numbers (just the cheap stuff from ebay and then add more paint where I either feel it needs a bit extra or just simply run out – these pots are small!). Friends in the background and Bob's your uncle. 🙂

  • Aeryn Kelly

    I finally got this set for my 35th birthday last year, big milestone and all, and got tired of waiting for my art to be "good enough". Cos it probably never will be but I'm a stickler for lightfast and I need to know what even if it's crap that it's not crap cos it faded after a freakin' year.

  • Diane Andrews

    Love this! More please!,

  • Awkward King

    Louis Vuitton: am I a joke to you

  • Gaya Nambiar

    So talented 😍


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