|© Astrid Volquardsen|
Last year I was asked to test some prototypes and from this a very nice working relationship has evolved and I was able to see the production site in Geneva and wrote a report about this on my blog A visit at Caran d’Ache / Pastel Pencils . The company was very much interested in the opinion of pastel artists all over the world and to create a line which meets the needs of pastel artists.She has now written a review of the NEW Caran d'Ache Pastels which highlights why pastel artists might be interested in them - see Caran d’Ache Pastel Pencils and Pastel Cubes. In it she demonstrates how they work on a variety of different papers as well as identifying the characteristics which she really likes.
Astrid told me that she usually works with Sennelier; Unison, Terry Ludwig and was very surprised by the quality of these new hard pastels from Caran d'ache. She's now convinced they're a worthwhile addition to our collection of pastel supplies.
You can also see a video of somebody working with the hatrd pastels and pencils on the Caran d'Ache website - click "Pastel - Preview"
The cubes and pencils are being released in April 2012 and can be obtained inI'm adding links into my resource site Pastels - Resources for Artists - and will be looking for them in the art supplies shops when they are introduced. Now you know to look out for them too!
- France: www.magasinsennelier.com
- Germany: via the website www.boesner.com or at various branches of boesner
- Switzerland: www.gerstaecker.ch