CP Magic! May 2020

CP Magic! May 2020

What’s In CP Magic! May 2020

CP Magic! May 2020

Featured Artist: John Ursillo interview & tutorial

Before-and-After Clinic: Using a photo editor to evaluate a finished piece

Making it Better: Critiquing a reader’s monthly challenge drawing.

Featured Artist: John Ursillo


John Ursillo is a life-long artist whose guiding focus in all of his work is a love for color and light. He is known equally well for his ability to render light, and for his use of canvas as a colored pencil support. His artwork is visual storytelling, as he always looks for the story in each subject. John is a life member of CPSA, holding signature status. He is also an exhibiting member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA.)

John shares his art journey from days spent in his mother’s studio to his current artistic endeavors. He also explains how he came to try canvas as a colored pencil support and why it became his favorite.


“For this tutorial I chose a subject that allowed me to demonstrate the application of CP to canvas as a support. As we go forward I will describe, in context, some of the advantages I see in using this “new” support – while also pointing out some caveats that should be heeded when trying it out.”

John’s tutorial is not a step-by-step but it is very in-depth.  It’s a great introduction to painting on canvas with colored pencils.

Before-and-After Clinic

Have you ever thought about doing an old drawing over, but wanted to know whether or not the results would be worth the effort? In this month’s Before-and-After Clinic, Carrie describes her favorite method for trying different ideas before putting pencil to paper.

Making it Better

What are the key ingredients to great drawings? Carrie shares those in this month’s Making it Better reader art crit column.

What Readers Are Saying

I just finished the May issue of CP Magic. Loved it, of course.  The interview with John Ursillo was outstanding, this month’s downloadable reference photo is already in my “Gotta Do This” file, and the Making it Better column was a particular favorite.

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