Carrie L. Lewis, Artist

Helping You Create Art You Can be Proud Of

Helping You Create Art You Can be Proud Of

with the colored pencils you love.

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Getting Started With Colored Pencil

Where to Start with Colored Pencils Want to know where to start with colored pencils and drawing? Carrie shares a few suggestions to get you going. The rest is up to you! Free Color Wheel...

Basic Drawing Lessons

4 Straight Line Drawing Exercises Four line control exercises that will help you improve pencil control. I used a 6B graphite pencil for each of these because I enjoy the way a soft lead goes...

Advanced Tips, Tools, and Techniques

Drawing on Colored Papers to Reduce Drawing Time Using a colored support is a great way to jump start your next colored pencil project. If you choose a color that provides a base color or...

Colored Pencil Tutorials

colored pencil tutorials

Colored pencil tutorials are a great way to improve your skills or learn new skills in the comfort of your own home or studio.

Each tutorial includes step-by-step information and illustrations, a complete supply list when applicable, and an easy-to-read format.

Carrie has written and published many free tutorials condensed into blog posts. These tutorials cover a wide range of subjects and methods. Three full-length free tutorials are also available here (palomino horse), here (brown horse), and here (cloudy landscape).

If you’re looking for something more in-depth, a variety of paid tutorials are also available in Carrie’s store. These colored pencil tutorials are written for artists at every skill level, and cover many different subjects.

All tutorials are available as digital downloads only.

Reader Questions

Dark Colors over Light Colors with Colored Pencils

Can you ever add light colors over dark colors with colored pencils, or do you always have to start with light colors and work toward darks?
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The Secret to Staying Creative

There comes a time in the life of every artist when the biggest question is this: What is the secret to staying creative? Let's talk...
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Draw a Simple Cloud–A Tutorial

Learn how to draw a simple cloud with this quick tutorial. Bristol vellum paper with Prismacolor pencils and no fancy tools.
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Studio News for June 2024

Studio News for June 2024. New events, artwork finished and worked on, and plans for the months to come. News about the new ACEO group.
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24 Drawing Tips Posts

What's your favorite drawing methods and tips from this blog. Carries shares her favorite 23 drawing tips posts.
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My Favorite Paper-Pencil Combinations

There are a lot of brands and types of pencils and many different papers available to the colored pencil artist today. So many that it's...
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CP Magic! Magazine for Colored Pencil Artists

CP Magic! magazine for colored pencil artists gives you a monthly dose of motivation, instruction, and beautiful works of colored pencil art.

Each regular issue features a different artist whom you will meet through an interview and then see at work with an exclusive tutorial.

The magazine is available for purchase as single issues, and by subscription by the month or by the year.

Back issues are always available individually and as annual collection bundles.

CP Magic is now available through through Carrie’s store. Click here to see the latest issue and all available back issues.

All CP Magic! Products are digital downloads only.

Subscribe to CP Magic! by the month or by the year.

Recent Posts

Dark Colors over Light Colors with Colored Pencils

Can you ever add light colors over dark colors with colored pencils, or do you always have to start with light colors and work toward darks?
Read More "Dark Colors over Light Colors with Colored Pencils"

Draw a Simple Cloud–A Tutorial

Learn how to draw a simple cloud with this quick tutorial. Bristol vellum paper with Prismacolor pencils and no fancy tools.
Read More "Draw a Simple Cloud–A Tutorial"

Studio News for June 2024

Studio News for June 2024. New events, artwork finished and worked on, and plans for the months to come. News about the new ACEO group.
Read More "Studio News for June 2024"

24 Drawing Tips Posts

What's your favorite drawing methods and tips from this blog. Carries shares her favorite 23 drawing tips posts.
Read More "24 Drawing Tips Posts"

Derwent Lightfast Tests on Bristol Paper

The second post in a series of posts featuring pencil tests on paper. In this post, Carrie tests Derwent Lightfast pencils on Bristol vellum paper.
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3 Tips for Drawing Reflective Objects

When drawing reflective objects, it's important to understand how the surface texture of the object and the colors around it affect its appearance. Carrie shares 3 basic tips to help you draw all types of reflective surfaces.
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Studio News for May 2024

Studio News for April 2024. New events, artwork finished and worked on, and plans for the months to come. News about the new ACEO group.
Read More "Studio News for May 2024"

My Favorite Paper-Pencil Combinations

There are a lot of brands and types of pencils and many different papers available to the colored pencil artist today. So many that it’s reasonable to wonder what the best paper-pencil combinations are. That varies for every artist, so today I’m sharing my favorite paper-pencil combinations. First, I want …