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

Tips for Drawing Hair in Colored Pencil

If you do colored pencil for any length of time, chances are good you’ll be drawing hair at some point. Well drawn hair can enhance any drawing. But how do you get it right?
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How CP Magic Subscriptions Work

There have been some questions from readers about how CP Magic subscriptions work. It's time to answer the most frequently asked questions.
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Colored Pencils on Canvas

Is there a good way to use colored pencils on canvas without the pencils causing damage to the canvas? Carrie offers a couple of ideas.
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Is there a Published Guide for Drawing Skin Tones?

Is there a published guide for drawing skin tones that helps colored pencil artists know which colors to mix to create particular skin tones?
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Studio News for March 2024

Studio News for March 2024. New events, artwork finished and worked on, and plans for the months to come.
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Beginner’s Guide to Under Drawings

What is the purpose of an under drawing? Do you always need one? Carrie explains the basics of under drawings, including examples.
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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

Tips for Drawing Hair in Colored Pencil

If you do colored pencil for any length of time, chances are good you’ll be drawing hair at some point. Well drawn hair can enhance any drawing. But how do you get it right?
Read More "Tips for Drawing Hair in Colored Pencil"

How CP Magic Subscriptions Work

There have been some questions from readers about how CP Magic subscriptions work. It's time to answer the most frequently asked questions.
Read More "How CP Magic Subscriptions Work"

Colored Pencils on Canvas

Is there a good way to use colored pencils on canvas without the pencils causing damage to the canvas? Carrie offers a couple of ideas.
Read More "Colored Pencils on Canvas"

Is there a Published Guide for Drawing Skin Tones?

Is there a published guide for drawing skin tones that helps colored pencil artists know which colors to mix to create particular skin tones?
Read More "Is there a Published Guide for Drawing Skin Tones?"

Studio News for March 2024

Studio News for March 2024. New events, artwork finished and worked on, and plans for the months to come.
Read More "Studio News for March 2024"

Beginner’s Guide to Under Drawings

What is the purpose of an under drawing? Do you always need one? Carrie explains the basics of under drawings, including examples.
Read More "Beginner’s Guide to Under Drawings"

Choosing Brands of Colored Pencils Drawing by Drawing

If you have a lot of colored pencils, how do you know which ones to use? Carrie shares her method for choosing brands of colored pencils project by project.
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Polychromos Pencils on Stonehenge Paper

Is using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on Stonehenge paper a good match? Carrie shares her experience with a horse portrait and offers suggestions to help you.
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9 Things You Won’t Learn in Art School

In this behind the scenes post, Carrie shares 9 things you won't learn in art school if you go to most art schools.
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