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

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.
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Do You Really Need to Varnish Colored Pencil Art?

Do you really need to varnish colored pencil art? Some artists say yes, some say no. Practical reasons why--and why not--to varnish your colored pencil art.
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Do I Need a Full Set of Colored Pencils?

Do I need a full set of colored pencils to make colored pencil drawings? The answer is not what you may be expecting, but will be helpful.
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Testing Polychromos on Stonehenge Paper

Today, I'm testing Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on Stonehenge paper just to see how well they layer and blend.
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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

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.
Read More "Derwent Lightfast Tests on Bristol Paper"

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.
Read More "3 Tips for Drawing Reflective Objects"

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"

Do You Really Need to Varnish Colored Pencil Art?

Do you really need to varnish colored pencil art? Some artists say yes, some say no. Practical reasons why--and why not--to varnish your colored pencil art.
Read More "Do You Really Need to Varnish Colored Pencil Art?"

Do I Need a Full Set of Colored Pencils?

Do I need a full set of colored pencils to make colored pencil drawings? The answer is not what you may be expecting, but will be helpful.
Read More "Do I Need a Full Set of Colored Pencils?"

Testing Polychromos on Stonehenge Paper

Today, I'm testing Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on Stonehenge paper just to see how well they layer and blend.
Read More "Testing Polychromos on Stonehenge Paper"

When to Give up on a Drawing

Are there good ways to know when to give up on a drawing in progress? What are some reasons not to give up? Carrie shares two recent examples and describes how to know when and when not to give up.
Read More "When to Give up on a Drawing"

Studio News for April 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 April 2024"

Mixing Watercolor Pencils and Colored Pencils

Mixing watercolor pencils and regular colored pencils can be an effective way to get deep, rich color quickly. Learn three methods.
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