Carrie L. Lewis, Artist & Teacher

Helping You Create Art You Can be Proud Of

Video Drawing Exercise – Drawing Tiny

I’ve long been an advocate of miniature art and small format art. Colored pencils are ideal for both, but I’ve also used oils, acrylics, and graphite—even a ball point pen—to make miniature art.

The Virtual Instructor is a website specializing in online art instruction via video and eBook. They cover all types of mediums. For more videos on a variety of subjects, check them out.

This lovely exercise begins with a light graphite line drawing, followed by washes of water color and finishing with colored pencils.

It’s a great demonstration of drawing small and showing how how watercolor and colored pencil works together.

Or maybe you’re just looking for something fun to do today.

Now for a little fun in drawing tiny.

So what did you think? Ready to draw a bee? Or something else small?


How to Add Color to a Horse Using the Umber Under Drawing Method


How to Finish a Colored Pencil Drawing Using the Umber Under Drawing Method


  1. Bev Symonds

    Hi Carrie. . . . . .
    Congrats on your new look!! I think it’s wonderful! So bright and, so colourful 😉
    Love your course on “How to Add Colour to a Horse Using the Umber Under Drawing Method” and although I have chosen a different model, I feel as if I am progressing. . . . . .a tiny bit every day!
    Still think you are one fantastic Lady and love, love, love, your way of teaching! Thanks so much!!

    I have been subscribed to The Virtual Instructor for 2 years and find it a very informative site. Once I got used to Matt’s accent,(lol) I was able to follow along with his lessons with no problems. He, also, is a terrific teacher!
    Cheers and hugs from Canada!!

    • Bev,

      Thank you for your very kind words!

      I’m glad you like the new look. That was a spur of the moment decision, as I looked at the blog on Saturday and realized I wanted to see something different; something more indicative of what the blog has become.

      I’m glad the posts on adding color over a horse using the umber under drawing method is useful. A little bit of progress every day is a good thing!

      You mentioned choosing a different model. Are you drawing a horse, too, or something different?

      I watched a few videos from The Virtual Instructor and have found them helpful. It’s been difficult to find anything to do with colored pencil video demonstrations, but they are starting to appear.

      Thanks again for reading the blog and for leaving a comment, as well as your very kind words.

      Best wishes,


      • Bev Symonds

        Hi Carrie. . . . .

        Yes, I am attempting to draw a horse! My very first try at such a complicated subject; but, I follow your instructions, and break the work down into manageable pieces. After all that’s how you eat an elephant, right? One piece at a time! lol! (not that I’d ever want to eat an elephant. . . )

        Finding helpful instruction in the use of CP’s, was and is very difficult. I don’t want to spend a ton of money on books that are mostly just a vehicle for the artist to show his work. Us old retired folk have to watch the art expenditures.
        Finding The Virtual Instructor was a blessing and finding you was just magic.
        I have ordered a book from the Library , that I think might be a winner. It’s by Janie Gildow & Barbara Newton . I can only keep it for 3 weeks, but if it’s good, I can keep renewing it! “Colored Pencil Solution Book”

        Thanks, once more, now it’s back to the bust of this horse . . . . no feet!

        • Bev,

          I have a copy of the Colored Pencil Solution Book. It was one of the first books on the subject that I bought. It’s an invaluable tool and if you can find a good, used copy at a reasonable price, buy it.

          Horses are complicated, but they can also be fun to draw. At least I think so. If you have any questions specific to the horse you’re drawing or to your drawing, let me know. I’ll be glad to help.

          I am delighted that you’re getting help here, on this blog, as well as on The Virtual Instructor. If there’s a topic you’d like to know more about, let me know. I’m always on the watch for things to write about and if you have a question, I’ll be happy to answer it!

          Keep up the good work on the horse drawing. You will enjoy it far more than you would enjoy eating an elephant!

          Best wishes and happy drawing,


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