My Art is in CP Hidden Treasures!

I have a colored pencil landscape in CP Hidden Treasures Volume 6!

My Art is in CP Hidden Treasures, Volume 6

CP Treasures

Ann Kullberg publishes an art book called CP Treasures every eighteen months or so. The purpose of CP Treasures is to provide a snapshot of the world of colored pencil art.

Artists from around the world submit their best work for each issue. CP Treasures is a collection of the best of those entries.

This year’s edition, CP Treasures Volume 7, features 112 pieces selected from over 900 entries!

Each piece of art is accompanied with comment from the artist. If you’ve ever wondered what inspires artists to make the art they make, this is a great source for answers.

What About All Those Other Entries?

That’s where CP Hidden Treasures comes in.

Selected works from the remaining entries are featured in a second collection of work called CP Hidden Treasures. This year’s edition of CP Hidden Treasures contains 208 pieces of artwork of all subjects and styles and by artists from around the world.

And that’s where my piece, Spring Storm, enters the picture.

Spring Storm

Spring Storm is my first piece on Clairefontaine Pastelmat, was the featured tutorial in the March 2020 issue of CP Magic, and is also the subject for an expanded, standalone tutorial.

Not bad for a “practice” piece!

Now Available!

Both books are now available in either digital or print versions. I love print books, so that’s what I ordered. They’re beautiful!

If you want to see cutting edge colored pencil work, these two art books are for you.

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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!

Colored Pencil Tutorials Store banner

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.

Long Haired Cat Tutorial from Peggy Osborne

Introducing the latest from Peggy Osborne: a long haired cat tutorial.

Beautiful, full-color illustrations provide step-by-step progress images of the portrait. Easy-to-read and follow descriptions tell you what Peggy did at each step.

But there’s more.

Ginger Cat Tutorial Cover 600

What I like best about this tutorial isn’t Peggy’s conversational style of teaching. Yes, she makes you feel like she’s sitting beside you while you work, and that’s great. What I like best about this tutorial is the personality and character of her subject.

As she says in her introduction, cats are natural subjects because they’re so unique and individual. No two are alike.

Maine Coon cat lovers already know that these cats are even more unique. From their tufted ears and luxurious manes to their attitude. They’re perfect portrait subjects!

That’s why I think this is Peggy’s best tutorial yet.

Long Haired Cat Tutorial from Peggy Osborne

This a must-have tutorial if you’re at all interested in drawing pets. Or animals of any type, for that matter.

With the Ginger Cat tutorial, you’ll learn how to draw fur of different lengths and color transitions. Peggy demonstrates how to lay down base colors, then add details layer-by-layer to draw thick, long fur. Create color, value, depth and realism!

See how Peggy mixes and uses Brush & Pencil’s Titanium White mixture to add detail. She includes tips for easy mixing and easier clean up.

She uses Strathmore toned grey mixed media paper and Prismacolor pencils, but you can successfully complete the portrait with supplies you have.

Skill Level

Intermediate and higher.

But don’t let the skill level sway you. This tutorial contains information for students at any level. If you’ve found Peggy’s tutorial posts helpful, then you can successfully complete this tutorial.

The tutorial is designed for students who have a basic understanding of colored pencil methods, but it’s also ideal for artists who want to stretch their skills.

It’s suitable for ages 12 and up.

Get your Ginger Cat tutorial today.

Rottweiler Tutorial from Peggy Osborne

I’m thrilled to announce a brand new tutorial by pet portrait artist, Peggy Osborne: Regal Rottweiler tutorial.

Peggy has been providing guest posts each month for several months. If you’ve enjoyed those monthly features, you’ll love this new tutorial.

Regal Rottweiler Tutorial from Peggy Osborne

The tutorial includes all the great information you’ve grown familiar with through her monthly posts, and more. Beautiful, full-color illustrations, a full-size line drawing you can print for a fast start, and a complete supply list with color swatches for color matching.

Regal Rottweiler Tutorial

Rottweilers are primarily black, but different colors appear in that black depending on lighting, surroundings and many other things. Peggy shows you how to infuse black fur with those colors to create vibrant black fur.

She uses Strathmore toned grey mixed media paper and Prismacolor pencils, but you can successfully complete the portrait with supplies you have. No need to buy more (unless you want to!)

You’ll learn how to layer and blend color without using solvents to draw saturated color and beautiful values.

Preserve and add highlights, as well as draw whiskers, eyes, and a chain.

In addition to detailed descriptions and illustrations, Peggy shares basic tips for choosing colors, matching pencil strokes to different types of fur, and adding details.

Skill Level

Intermediate and higher.

But don’t let the skill level sway you. This tutorial contains information for students at any level. If you’ve found Peggy’s tutorial posts helpful, then you can successfully complete this tutorial.

The tutorial is designed for students who have a basic understanding of colored pencil methods, but is also ideal for anyone who enjoys stretching their skills.

It’s also suitable for ages 12 and up.

This tutorial is a great start for any artist who wants to become a pet portrait artist, or who enjoys drawing dogs.

Get your Regal Rottweiler tutorial today.

I'm on the Sharpened Artist Podcast!

Guess what? I’m appearing on John Middick’s popular Sharpened Artist podcast today! How exciting is that?

Colore Pencil Podcast

Cincinnati, Ohio artist, John Middick created the Sharpened Artist Podcast in the summer of 2015. A weekly audio show dedicated to colored pencil, the podcast reaches artists of all skill levels across the country and around the world.

“The biggest reason I started the podcast is to help encourage new colored pencil artists, and provide tips and techniques to learn this new medium,” Middick says. “I was also able to give a voice to many colored pencil artists through artist interviews.”

Middick interviews colored pencil artists who are working on their art in isolation. The public sees their work and knows them by name, but rarely gets to meet them. And they don’t often get to meet each other.

“Hearing their voice created an intimate experience for the listener,” Middick goes on to say. “I quickly started getting listeners emailing me talking about how they felt like they were getting to know the artist’s behind the artwork.”

I am the guest artist for the February 3, 2020 edition of the Sharpened Artist Podcast.

I’ve listened to the podcast for a long time, and have been encouraged and instructed by many episodes. So it’s a special treat to be able to give back to the podcast and its listeners.

John and I talked about my artistic journey, colored pencils in general, and the artist’s life. I hope you’ll join us. I’ve designed a very special and hopefully helpful giveaway to accompany the podcast.