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

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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Getting Vivid Color on Black Sanded Paper

Is getting vivid color on black sanded paper any easier or more difficult than on traditional drawing papers? Carrie shares her test results.
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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 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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CP Magic Reader Gallery: Call for Artists

Have you finished a recent colored pencil that really makes you happy? Now's your chance to share it in the CP Magic Reader Gallery.
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Top Six Colored Pencil Tools

You need pencils, paper, and a sharpener for colored pencil art. But there are other tools. Carrie shares her top six colored pencil tools.
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Choosing Your First Drawing

Choosing your first drawing after doing tutorials can be intimidating. Carrie shares four tips on making that first choice.
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Drawing Distance in a Landscape

This step-by-step tutorial shows you one way of drawing distance in a landscape and accurately creating a realistic illusion of space.
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Creating Broken Color with Colored Pencils

In today's post, I talk about creating broken color with colored pencil, what it is, and how to use to add depth and interest to your work.
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CP Magic July 2022

CP Magic July 2022 is ready and waiting to inspire you! Heidi...
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Colored Pencils

Jana Botkin joins us today to talk about her struggles with carpal tunnel syndrome and colored pencils. What do You do When Colored Pencils Cause Problems? by Jana Botkin For most of my life, I was a diehard graphite pencil artist, completely content with the simplicity of the medium. After …

What Are the Best Papers for Colored Pencil Use

Today’s post begins with a brief email conversation between me and a reader, who was interested in identifying the best papers for colored pencil use. Since the answer depends on the pencils and drawing methods the artist uses, and the type of art being made, I asked for more information. …

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