Caran d’Ache collaborated with illustrators to create 30 new limited-edition hues for its Supracolor Soft collection, which celebrates 30 years in 2018.
The Swiss brand developed the 30 original shades over several months, working with illustrators celebrated for their use of colour: Bodil Jane, a Dutch illustrator combining digital and manual techniques; Fei Wang, alias Mr Slow Boy, a fashion illustrator inspired by vintage and contemporary design, and English illustrator Nina Cosford, whose work is often semi-autobiographical and celebrates women.
The 30 new colours were carefully selected to meet these illustrators’ artistic needs: a nude palette to bring portraits alive and an earthy-tone palette ideal for landscape imagery. The new colours also include darker hues such as dark sap green, crimson aubergine and dark ultramarine.
Calling on Swiss manufacturing tradition, the master craftsmen at the Geneva-based company took up the technical challenge of incorporating infinitely pure, rare or mineral pigments.
“The quality of a colour lies in its purity. It must contain a limited number of pigments,” states Eric Vitus, head of the colours research and development laboratory in Geneva.