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

Comparing Stonehenge Sheets and Pads

How does Stonehenge in the pad compare with Stonehenge full sheets? Are they same or are there differences?
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How Can I Contribute to this Blog?

Have ever wondered how you can contribute to Carrie's blog? She shares a few ideas in this post. It may be easier and simpler than you think!
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Are Certain Pencils Better for Certain Papers?

Are certain pencils better for certain papers? Is there a paper-pencil combination that always works better than any other combination?
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Prismacolor Verithin Pencils

What exactly are Prismacolor Verithin Pencils? What is the best way to use them, and can they be mixed with other Prismacolor pencil lines? Carrie compares Prismacolor Verithin and Thick Core pencils, then shares the ways she uses them together.
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Using White Paint Under Colored Pencils

What kind of white paint is safe to use under colored pencils? Carrie answers that reader question in today's Q&A post.
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The Best Sharpeners for Prismacolor Colored Pencils

What are the best sharpeners for colored pencils, specifically Prismacolor pencils. CP artist Carrie Lewis shares three recommendations.
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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

12 Reasons to Love Colored Pencils

For those among us who use them as our primary medium---or as one of our primary mediums---there are a lot of reasons to love colored pencils.
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Comparing Stonehenge Sheets and Pads

How does Stonehenge in the pad compare with Stonehenge full sheets? Are they same or are there differences?
Read More "Comparing Stonehenge Sheets and Pads"

13 Free Colored Pencil Tutorials

13 free colored pencil tutorials featuring cats, dogs, trees, clouds, backgrounds and more for you enjoyment and instruction.
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How Can I Contribute to this Blog?

Have ever wondered how you can contribute to Carrie's blog? She shares a few ideas in this post. It may be easier and simpler than you think!
Read More "How Can I Contribute to this Blog?"

Are Certain Pencils Better for Certain Papers?

Are certain pencils better for certain papers? Is there a paper-pencil combination that always works better than any other combination?
Read More "Are Certain Pencils Better for Certain Papers?"

Studio News for January 2024

Studio News for January 2024. What I accomplished, what I hoped to accomplish, and a peek at plans for the future.
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Fabriano Black Black Paper: My Thoughts

What is Fabriano Black Black paper and how well does it work with colored pencils? Carrie tried it out with Polychromos pencils and shares her conclusions.
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Five of My Favorite Pencil Strokes

Colored pencil artist Carrie L. Lewis shares her four favorite pencil strokes and shows how she uses them to create realistic artwork.
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Prismacolor Verithin Pencils

What exactly are Prismacolor Verithin Pencils? What is the best way to use them, and can they be mixed with other Prismacolor pencil lines? Carrie compares Prismacolor Verithin and Thick Core pencils, then shares the ways she uses them together.
Read More "Prismacolor Verithin Pencils"