Colored Pencil Art & Techniques

Discover the basics for beginning in colored pencil art—and refine and expand your colored pencil techniques with helpful tips and pointers and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction from the experts. You’ll learn about burnishing, working with solvents, water-soluble colored pencils and more!


Some Like it Hot | Colored Pencil Art Sizzles

I can’t stop looking at Arlene Steinberg’s painting, Paradise Dreams (below; colored pencil and water-soluble crayons on heated paper, 12x12). Each time I flip through my newest issue of The Artist’s Magazine, I seem to stop on this page and stare, enjoying the color and depth of this image. At first the abstract quality...

by Margaret Stermer Cox

The Sketchbook Project: Online Gallery

Even though it is, in most cases, an artist’s least seen work (often by design), a sketchbook can offer the most intimate view into an artist’s process. It is there that moments of high creativity come to life in the form of quick sketches, casual drawings, and unplanned experiments. In the Winter 2013 issue...

Colored Pencil Explorations by Janie Gildow

How to Use Water-Soluble Colored Pencils

Water-soluble colored pencils are a wonderful tool for easy and colorful backgrounds. In this demonstration of a yellow lily, artist Kristy A. Kutch shows us how to combine colored pencil techniques with an old tooth brush and masking film to create rich, simple backgrounds for our flower subjects. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————- How to Draw a Lily...