CP Magic! September 2020

CP Magic! September 2020

What’s in CP Magic! September 2020

CP Magic! September 2020

Featured Artist: Cynthia Knox interview & tutorial

Finding the best reference photos

Creating the illusion of form on paper

Do solvents make artwork a fire hazard?

Featured Artist: Cynthia Knox


Cynthia Knox, CPSA, is a colored pencil and graphite artist whose work has received numerous awards nationally and internationally. She’s the author of many art instructional books and teaches art workshops to individuals and large groups throughout the United States, internationally, on cruises, and online. In addition, she offers downloadable tutorials through her website. Cynthia not only shares the story of her art journey, but offers fellow artists a healthy dose of encouragement for staying the course AND trying new things.


“This delightful composition offers us an opportunity to practice a few interesting textures; namely, bird feathers, floral blossoms, and wood. We’ll apply numerous layers, blend colors, and learn how the
burnishing technique transforms a “drawn” appearance into a “painted” one.” – Cynthia Knox

Cynthia demonstrates how to render a small bird on a cherry blossom branch. She leaves the background white, but you are welcome to color it in a similar hue as the photo.

The Great Art Adventure

Part of the Great Art Adventure is finding the best images to use for reference photos. But whose photos are safe to use and where can you get high-quality images without either paying large fees or running the risk of legal problems?

CP Clinic

What are you really doing when you draw? Unless you’re sculpting or creating nonrepresentational art, your goal is creating the illusion of space on flat paper. You want the things you draw to look real. Right?

It sounds easy, but how do you do it so your drawing looks real? Learn three secrets to success in creating the illusion of space with every subject.

Ask Carrie

Does using any kind of solvent on colored pencil artwork make the artwork a fire hazard? Have you ever wondered about that? If you have, then Carrie has the answer for you and for the reader.

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