CP Magic April 2021 now Available

Announcing CP Magic April 2021, with featured artist Tammy Hoffert.

This issue of CP Magic is 40 pages of great and inspiring information for colored pencil artists at all levels, including two brand new features.

Here’s a peek.

What’s in CP Magic April 2021

The Featured Artist

Tammy Hoffert has been passionate about colored pencils since first trying them. She draws a variety of subjects and gives each one her special attention to detail. But a glance at her gallery of works reveals a special interest in still life and floral subjects.

April Tutorial

Tammy’s tutorial reveals that special passion, combining a beautiful butterfly and flower.

Tammy chose Canson Mi-Teintes paper (Ivy color) for capturing the delicate colors of the butterfly and the vivid pinks of the flower. She’ll show you how to draw the tiniest details in this tutorial, which she wrote with the beginners among us in mind.

CP Magic April 2021

The Great Art Adventure

If you’ve ever purchased brand new paper or the latest pencils, then hesitated to use them, you’ll love this month’s Great Art Adventure. Carrie recently had a similar experience and tells how she overcame that reluctance to “spoil new paper.”

New This Month: The Landscape Artist

Carrie launches the first of two new features with a column dedicated to landscape artists. The debut column shares tips for creating your own beautiful landscape art.

Even if you’ve never before drawn a landscape.

Also New This Month: Reader Gallery

The most exciting rollout is the Reader Gallery. This five-page gallery is reserved for the work of CP Magic readers. Each month will feature four or five pages of reader art.

But every reader who submits work is included in the online CP Magic Reader Gallery. Take a peak at the April collection here, then learn how you can submit your latest finished colored pencil artwork.

Also in CP Magic April 2021

Nothing But Pencils & Paper for Beginners

Just getting started with colored pencils? Then this monthly column is for you!

Then & Now

Every artist started somewhere. Even your favorite artists. Then & Now features “then” and “now” works to encourage all of us to keep drawing when we fell like we’ll never improve!

The Final Pencil Strokes

Have you ever reached the end of an issue of CP Magic, and wished there was more to read? The Final Pencil Strokes wraps up the April 2021 issue with links to three colored pencil blog posts for further information on the wonderful world of colored pencils.

Ask Carrie

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About CP Magic

CP Magic is a monthly digital publication written by a colored pencil artist—yours truly—for colored pencil artists at all levels. That’s you!

Each month features an artist interview and tutorial so you can meet the artist and see how they work. Other columns include the Great Art Adventure, CP Clinic, a featured photo, and more.

Get your copy of CP Magic April 2021 today.

CP Magic March 2021 now Available

CP Magic March 2021

I’m thrilled to announce CP Magic March 2021, with featured artist Chloe Hibberd.

And her rescue dog, Rosie!

CP Magic March 2021

This issue of CP Magic is 50 pages of great and inspiring information for colored pencil artists at all levels.

Here’s a peek.

What’s in CP Magic March 2021

The Featured Artist for This Month

Chloe Hibberd is a pet portrait artist specializing in realism. Her goal with every portrait is to create a work of art that looks so real and alive, you might think you could reach out and touch the animal.

March Tutorial

Chloe’s tutorial project is her rescue dog, Rosie, resting under her favorite tree.

Chloe used drafting film for this project, and has lots of useful tips on using this surface. It’s a great tutorial for dog lovers and those of us who have wanted to try drafting film.

CP Magic, Page 19, from Chloe’s beautiful tutorial. Click on this image to buy your copy of CP Magic March 2021.

The Great Art Adventure

Have you ever planned a trip down to the last detail, and then found yourself on a side trip? Don’t let those side trip opportunities pass you by. You never know what unique opportunities they present.

New This Month: Then & Now

Every artist started somewhere. Even your favorite artists. The new Then & Now is a new column featuring “then” and “now” works to encourage all of us to keep drawing when we fell like we’ll never improve!

Also in This Issue

Nothing But Pencils & Paper for Beginners

This month, we talk about colored pencils and how to decide which ones are best for you.

The Final Pencil Strokes

Have you ever reached the end of an issue of CP Magic, and wished there was more to read? The Final Pencil Strokes wraps up the March 2021 issue with links to three colored pencil blog posts for further information on the wonderful world of colored pencils.

Also in CP Magic March 2021

Ask Carrie

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About CP Magic

CP Magic is a monthly digital publication written by a colored pencil artist—yours truly—for colored pencil artists at all levels. That’s you!

Each month features an artist interview and tutorial so you can meet the artist and see how they work. Other columns include the Great Art Adventure, CP Clinic, a featured photo, and more.

Get your copy of CP Magic March 2021 today.

CP Magic February 2021 is Here!

CP Magic February 2021 is

CP Magic February 2021

What’s in CP Magic February 2021

The Featured Artist for This Month

February 2021 features California artist Denise Howard. A versatile creator, she’s worked in a number of mediums, but has chosen colored pencil as her primary medium. She pursues her art with energy and dedication while also continuing a full-time career as a software engineer.

February Tutorial

Denise draws many subjects, but nature and animals are among her favorites. She draws a collection of autumn leaves graced with raindrops for this month’s tutorial, and you’ll learn how she creates a wide range of colors and values using similar colors. You’ll also get a look at many of her drawing methods, as well her thoughts on a new paper recently introduced by Royal Talens, Royal Talens Toned Colour Paper.

The Great Art Adventure

Do you wonder if your artwork is good enough?

Carrie shares her thoughts on one of the least often noticed, but most important skill every artist needs.

Also in This Issue

Nothing But Pencils & Paper

This column continues with a list of basic colored pencil terms and definitions for those among us who are just beginning.

The Final Pencil Strokes

Have you ever reached the end of an issue of CP Magic, and wished there was more to read? The Final Pencil Strokes wraps up the February 2021 issue with links to three colored pencil blog posts for further information on the wonderful world of colored pencils.

Also in CP Magic February 2021

Ask Carrie

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About CP Magic

CP Magic is a monthly digital publication written by a colored pencil artist—yours truly—for colored pencil artists at all levels. That’s you!

Each month features an artist interview and tutorial so you can meet the artist and see how they work. Other columns include the Great Art Adventure, CP Clinic, a featured photo, and more.

Get your copy of CP Magic February 2021 today.

CP Magic January 2021 is Here!

CP Magic January 2021 starts the new year off right with versatile colored pencil artist John Stansfield.

And a new look!

CP Magic January 2021

The new cover design is only the beginning, and continues with new features inside, as well as some of your favorite columns.

What’s in CP Magic January 2021

The Featured Artist for This Month

John Stansfield joins CP Magic from the United Kingdom as the first featured artist of 2021. A long-time artist with interests in portraits of all types, and botanical subjects, life-like detail and a depth of realistic color fills John’s work. His artist’s journey is at once unique and common to many other artists.

January Tutorial

A beautiful silver tabby cat named Vinny is John’s subject for the January tutorial. Work with John to draw this lovely fellow. The tutorial includes links to the reference photo and line drawing.

The Great Art Adventure

For many artists, the beginning of the year means goal setting. For a lot of us, goal setting is one of those things that must be done whether we like it or not.

This year, however, Carrie takes a look at goal setting as though it were a journey. A great art journey, with suggestions for identifying your main destination as well as rest stops along the way.

New in This Issue

Nothing But Pencils & Paper

Are you new at colored pencils or do you know someone who is? If so, then this column is for you. The column begins with a list of the three must have things to begin using colored pencils.

The Final Pencil Strokes

Have you ever reached the end of an issue of CP Magic, and wished there was more to read? The Final Pencil Strokes wraps up the January 2021 issue with links to three colored pencil blog posts for further information on the wonderful world of colored pencils.

Also in CP Magic January 2021

Ask Carrie

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About CP Magic

CP Magic is a monthly digital publication written by a colored pencil artist—yours truly—for colored pencil artists at all levels. That’s you!

Each month features an artist interview and tutorial so you can meet the artist and see how they work. Other columns include the Great Art Adventure, CP Clinic, a featured photo, and more.

Get your copy of CP Magic January 2021 today.

CP Magic December 2020 is Here!

Now available! CP Magic December 2020.

December 2020 CP Magic

What’s in CP Magic December 2020

This month’s featured article is a gift guide for colored pencil enthusiasts. My list includes online course and classes, downloadable tutorials and tools, and a select list of colored pencil merchandise and other fun stuff by category.

The resources include clickable links, so you needn’t go wandering around the cyber mall this year!

December Tutorial

The December tutorial continues the holiday theme as I share one of my favorite still life tutorials. I’ll show you step-by-step how draw a stunning red Christmas ornament. I start with a base layer of muted local colors, then glaze color over that base layer, and finish with rich, vibrant colors.

The Great Art Adventure

Wouldn’t you think that staying focused on a really good adventure would be easy? Not always! December’s installment of The Great Art Adventure reveals those Ogres of the Urgent that can sidetrack even the most intrepid artist.

Staying Creative During the Holidays

The holiday season can be so busy, you may be considering setting aside your artwork until next year. Don’t do it! It’s so much easier to stay creative, than to try to reclaim creativity after even a short break. I share tips for finding (or making) time for art in December, as well as offering other ways to stay creative.

Also in CP Magic December 2020

Ask Carrie

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About CP Magic

CP Magic is a monthly digital publication written by a colored pencil artist—yours truly—for colored pencil artists at all levels. That’s you!

Each month features an artist interview and tutorial so you can meet the artist and see how they work. Other columns include the Great Art Adventure, CP Clinic, a featured photo, and more.

Get your copy of CP Magic December 2020 today.

CP Magic November 2020 is Here!

CP Magic November 2020 is now available and waiting to inform, entertain, and inspire you!

CP Magic November 2020 with featured artist Cathy Antkes Choyce

What’s in CP Magic November 2020

Featured Artist

Virginia artist Cathy Antkes Choyce is the featured artist. Cathy is primarily a portrait artist, but is also expanding into gallery art and teaching. She specializes in pet and animal portraits, but her “full scene” images are filled with eye candy in both composition and detail.

Cathy talks about her artistic journey, the motivations for her stunning equine, canine, and fox art, and the new directions her art has taken her. If you’re a beginning portrait artist, or if you want to become a portrait artist, she has great advice to get you off to a fast start.

Cathy’s tutorial features the wily fox in beautiful close up. It’s a beautiful blend of colored pencil work on the fox, and pan pastel work in the background. If you’ve ever wanted a closer look at mixing these two media, you don’t want to miss this tutorial.

The Great Art Adventure

With all great adventures come a variety of obstacles. Some are obvious and some are not. Those less obvious obstacles often catch us by surprise if we’re not careful. This month, Carrie talks about one of the least often recognized obstacles facing artists on a great art adventure.

CP Clinic

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, many artists are starting to think about goal setting. Did you know that not every way of tracking goals works for every artist? Did you even know there was more than one way to track goals?

Carrie takes a break from the more technical aspects of colored pencil art to share her thoughts on goal setting and goal tracking.

Also in CP Magic November 2020

Ask Carrie

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About CP Magic

CP Magic is a monthly digital publication written by a colored pencil artist—yours truly—for colored pencil artists at all levels. That’s you!

Each month features an artist interview and tutorial so you can meet the artist and see how they work. Other columns include the Great Art Adventure, CP Clinic, a featured photo, and more.

Get your copy of CP Magic November 2020 today.

CP Magic October 2020 is Here!

CP Magic October 2020 is now available and waiting to inform, entertain, and inspire you!

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What’s in CP Magic October 2020

Featured Artist

Rochelle “Shelley” Oberholser is the featured artist this month. Shelley is a self-taught artist who learned most of what she knows about colored pencil by trying new things. Yes, a lot of those things didn’t work for her, but she also found a lot of things that did work, and her insight into this style of working and learning is a treasure for all of us.

Her still life tutorial (shown above) demonstrates her “try-it-and-see-if-it-works” drawing method. It’s a great tutorial, but it also provides a peek into Shelley’s thinking process.

CP Clinic

Have you ever stopped to consider how you might frame your art before you start drawing? I recently received a question from a reader who wanted to know how to determine the size of his work so it would be easy and inexpensive to frame.

The answer turned into this month’s CP Clinic.

The Great Art Adventure

Every adventure comes with side trips and forks in the road, but not all those side trips are helpful. Do you know how to decide whether something is a distraction to avoid or an opportunity to seize?

Ask Carrie

You bought a collection of open stock pencils, or a small set of pencils that didn’t include gray colors. You want to add a few gray colors to your collection, but there are so many choices. Which colors should you buy?

Also, can studio lighting be too bright?

Get the answer to both questions in this month’s issue of CP Magic.

About CP Magic

CP Magic is a monthly digital publication written by a colored pencil artist—yours truly—for colored pencil artists at all levels. That’s you!

Each month features an artist interview and tutorial so you can meet the artist and see how they work. Other columns include the Great Art Adventure, CP Clinic, a featured photo, and more.

Get your copy of CP Magic October 2020 today.

CP Magic September 2020 is Here!

CP Magic September 2020 is now available and waiting to inform, entertain, and inspire you!

CP Magic September 2020 Cover

What’s in CP Magic September 2020

Featured Artist

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.

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

CP Clinic

What are you really doing when you draw? Unless you’re sculpting or creating non-representational 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.

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?

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.

About CP Magic

CP Magic is a monthly digital publication written by a colored pencil artist—yours truly—for colored pencil artists at all levels. That’s you!

Each month features an artist interview and tutorial so you can meet the artist and see how they work. Other columns include the Great Art Adventure, CP Clinic, and a featured photo.

Get your copy of CP Magic September 2020 today.

Colored Pencil Tutorials Store

Big news today! My latest adventure has begun. What is it? The Colored Pencil Tutorials store!

ColoredPencilTutorials.com is now open! In fact, today is Grand Opening Day!

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Colored Pencil Tutorials Store

Colored Pencil Tutorials is now the official source for CP Magic, all my tutorial downloads, Peggy Osborne’s tutorials, and all new future tutorials.

One-to-one distance learning classes are also now available through the new store.

The grand opening includes a new issue of CP Magic and two new tutorials, open from me and one from Peggy.

Just the Beginning

I’m hoping this is just the beginning. Plans are already in the works for annual subscriptions to the magazine, and I’m currently exploring the possibility of memberships through the store.

And of course new issues of CP Magic will be published each month and brand new tutorials.

The August issue of CP Magic is now available. Click here to read about it at the Colored Pencil Tutorials store!

Does this Seem like a Huge Ad?

In a way, I suppose it is a huge ad.

But I’m excited. I’ve wanted to open a standalone online store for a couple of years now. That was my original plan back when I started offering tutorials from the blog. Somehow, it took launching the magazine to get me off dead center.

Now it’s a reality!

The Fine Print

I’ll be taking down the tutorials and magazines from this website over the course of the next few days, so I encourage you to visit ColoredPencilTutorials.com and bookmark it. You can also sign up for the store newsletter for free to make sure you don’t miss new releases or store news.

Anyway, ’nuff said. This is your personal invitation to take a look around the store, and see what you think.

To celebrate, I’m giving you 20% off all purchases made between now and August 15. To get the discount, type the word opening in the coupon box when you check out.

April 2020 CP Magic Magazine

Now available: the April 2020 CP Magic magazine, jam-packed with good information.

CP Magic featured artist is Colorado artist Dan Miller. I’m also delighted to introduce a new, monthly column and a reader gallery this month.

April 2020 CP Magic Magazine

What’s in April 2020 CP Magic

First the artist interview. Featured artist Dan Miller is also an excellent writer, so he tells in his own words about his life as an artist, including how he discovered his favorite subject, and unique style.

After that, Dan walks you step-by-step through a brand new tutorial. He explains how he chooses subjects and creates sparkling landscapes, so you don’t want to miss it.

The tutorial includes full-color illustrations, and clear, easy-to-follow descriptions. Dan also shares tips on how to choose and simplify your subject.

Plus a new column beginning this month. Artist and art coach Carol Bond provides monthly help and encouragement to all of those who need it. I’m certainly looking forward to her words of wisdom.

Dan Miller writes about his life as an artist, how he got where he is is today, and what enlivens his art.
See how Dan creates sparkling, stylized landscapes that maintain the character of his subjects.
Artist & art coach Carol Bond debuts with tips for achieving creative confidence.

The Reader’s Gallery makes it’s debut, and the featured photo for you to download and draw for yourself.

And don’t forget the Before-and-After Clinic and Making it Better reader art crit columns.

About CP Magic

CP Magic is a monthly digital publication written by a colored pencil artist—yours truly—for colored pencil artists at all levels. That’s you!

Each month features an artist interview and a tutorial so you can meet the artist and then see how they work. Other columns are the Before-and-After Clinic and the featured photo.

Back issues are always available.

Get your copy of April 2020 CP Magic magazine here.