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...

Reader Questions

Questions About Old Prismacolor Pencils

In today's post, Carrie answers a reader's questions about old Prismacolor pencils and old Design Spectracolor pencils.
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How to Remove Colored Pencil from a Drawing

Artist Carrie L. Lewis shares tips on how to remove color from a colored pencil drawing, how to lighten color, and add new color.
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Removing Color from a Colored Pencil Drawing

Artist Carrie L. Lewis shares tips on how to remove color from a colored pencil drawing, how to lighten color, and add new color.
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Colored Pencil and Mixed Media

Carrie shares two basic concerns with using colored pencils and mixed media: What papers should you use and are there special techniques?
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Color Picker Programs for Colored Pencils

Carrie shares four color picker programs for colored pencils, adult coloring books, and other color-intensive applications.
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Smooth Color Transitions with Colored Pencils

There are a lot of ways to get smooth color transitions when using colored pencils. Carrie shares her secret with two examples.
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CP Magic Magazine for Colored Pencil Artists

CP Magic magazine provides colored pencil news to colored pencil artists. Each month features a different artist whom you will meet through an interview and then see at work with an exclusive tutorial.

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Recent Posts

How to Hold a Colored Pencil

Most of us probably don’t give any thought to the way we hold a pencil when we draw. I know I didn’t for quite a long time. But there are different ways to hold a colored pencil that do more than just give your hand a rest. How to Hold …
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Those Dreaded Deadlines

Today I'd like to talk about something many artists see as a...
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Getting Over Artist’s Block

I recently received an email from a student and friend. She described...
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CP Magic May 2022

CP Magic May 2022 is spectacular. Just look at this beautiful cover...
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Blending Colored Pencil with Turpentine

Is blending colored pencil with turpentine a good idea? Is it even possible? Carrie shares the pros and cons based on her experience as an artist who has worked in oils and in colored pencils.
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Questions About Old Prismacolor Pencils

In today's post, Carrie answers a reader's questions about old Prismacolor pencils and old Design Spectracolor pencils.
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The Best Color Blending Tools for Colored Pencils

What are the best color blending tools for colored pencils? Carrie describes the four she uses most often, ranked in order of use.
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How to Enlarge a Drawing with a Grid

I recently answered a reader comment on a post about using the grid method to create line drawings. The reader specifically wanted to know how to enlarge a drawing with a grid. I answered the comment with basic information, but quickly realized that a post was needed. So here we …

Prismacolor Colors I Don’t Use

Today’s post is a bit different. By reader request, I’m going to share with you a list of the Prismacolor colors I don’t use. Then I’ll list the Polychromos replacement colors. Before I begin, however, I need to clarify one thing. There are multiple reasons why I don’t use some …

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