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

Free Color Wheel & Value Scale Templates Two free tools you can download and print. Use them as drawing exercise tools or to create reference tools. Complete with step-by-step instructions and suggestions for creating your...

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

Overcoming the Bias Against Colored Pencils

Overcoming the bias against colored pencils can be a huge challenge. Many of us have learned there is such a bias. How do we deal with it?
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Choosing Titles for Art: How Important is It?

How important is choosing titles for art? Does the title really matter? Carrie and guest artist Kathryn Hansen share their thoughts.
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PanPastels and Colored Pencils

Today's Q&A post shares basic tips on how to use PanPastels and colored pencils, including paper, fixative and other questions.
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How Much Color is Enough to Blend

How much color is enough to blend when you're working with colored pencils? Is there a difference for blending with solvent and blending with powder blender?
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How to Draw Snow with Colored Pencils

Today's reader question comes from an artist who wants to know how to draw snow with colored pencils. Creating snow with colored pencils is pretty...
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Looking for a Good Light Box

Are you looking for a good light box that fits your budget and studio space? Carrie recommends three brands that might exactly fit the bill.
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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

Overcoming the Bias Against Colored Pencils

Overcoming the bias against colored pencils can be a huge challenge. Many of us have learned there is such a bias. How do we deal with it?
Read More "Overcoming the Bias Against Colored Pencils"

Choosing Titles for Art: How Important is It?

How important is choosing titles for art? Does the title really matter? Carrie and guest artist Kathryn Hansen share their thoughts.
Read More "Choosing Titles for Art: How Important is It?"

PanPastels and Colored Pencils

Today's Q&A post shares basic tips on how to use PanPastels and colored pencils, including paper, fixative and other questions.
Read More "PanPastels and Colored Pencils"

Drawing a Rich Black Background

See how easy drawing a rich black background can be using Powder Blender and Textured fixative with colored pencils on Pastelmat.
Read More "Drawing a Rich Black Background"

How Much Color is Enough to Blend

How much color is enough to blend when you're working with colored pencils? Is there a difference for blending with solvent and blending with powder blender?
Read More "How Much Color is Enough to Blend"

December 2022 CP Magic! Magazine

Get a sneak peek itno the December 2022 CP Magic! magazine and get your copy for lots of beautiful art and great articles.
Read More "December 2022 CP Magic! Magazine"

How to Decide on Art Sizes

What is the best way to decide on art sizes? Does one size sell better than another or does size not make that much difference?
Read More "How to Decide on Art Sizes"

Looking for a Good Light Box

Are you looking for a good light box that fits your budget and studio space? Carrie recommends three brands that might exactly fit the bill.
Read More "Looking for a Good Light Box"

How to Draw Snow with Colored Pencils

Today’s reader question comes from an artist who wants to know how to draw snow with colored pencils. Creating snow with colored pencils is pretty much the same as creating any other subject. It often looks more scary because of all that white! So the key is to stop thinking …

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