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

How to Draw Foliage with Colored Pencils

CP artist and teacher Carrie Lewis shows how to draw foliage in colored pencil in a short tutorial and through two basic principles.
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Uses for Hard Colored Pencils

Today's post answers a question from a reader who is having problems finding uses for hard colored pencils. Here's her question. I have a lot...
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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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Using Colored Pencils on Wood

Is using colored pencils on wood possible? Are there any special techniques involved? Carrie shares her experience and a few tips.
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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

Basic Principles for Realistic Drawing

If your goal is to make every one of your pieces a realistic drawing, then there are four principles you need to know. Carrie explains them and shows you how to put them to work for yourself.
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A New Kind of Colored Pencil Tutorial

Introducing a new kind of colored pencil tutorial for the serious student of colored pencil who wants to advance beyond tutorials.
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Making Good Art with Only 12 Colors

Is making good art with only 12 colors really possible? Guest blogger and artist Jana Botkin answers that question, with examples from five different brands of colored pencils.
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Offline Marketing Ideas for Artists

Carrie shares a few ideas on offline marketing for artists that she used to get started painting portraits. Update them for today, and they can still be effective.
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How to Draw Foliage with Colored Pencils

CP artist and teacher Carrie Lewis shows how to draw foliage in colored pencil in a short tutorial and through two basic principles.
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September 2022 CP Magic!

September 2022 CP Magic! is here, and waiting to inspire you. You can read all about it here. Includes a link to the store page.
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3 Ways to Create Base Colors

Carrie shows you 3 ways to create base colors for colored pencil artwork using mixed media, special papers, or just colored pencils.
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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Managing carpal tunnel syndrome is a necessary part of life for many artists, but as Jana Botkin explains, it doesn't have to be difficult.
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How to Choose Base Colors

The first color decision you have to make is what color to use for a base color. This is especially true if you work over the whole drawing layer by layer. In this post, Carrie shares one way to make error-proof decisions.
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