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!

New Drawing Book: The New Colored Pencil

If you’re looking to improve your colored pencil drawing abilities, take note: Kristy Ann Kutch’s new book The New Colored Pencil, now on sale, explores the latest developments in colored pencil drawing with examples and recommendations for the newest pencil brands, drawing surfaces and techniques. The New Colored Pencil also examines the benefits...

Karen A. Klein: Cabinets Of Curiosity

Beginning in 16th century Europe, objects of interest were collected in "cabinets of curiosities" or "rooms of wonder." Recently Karen Anne Klein has been decorating her own cabinets with panels painted to depict various phenomena.

Touchable Textures in Colored Pencil

In colored pencil, underpainting involves first tinting the paper surface with the subject’s light, underlying color. To do this, you apply solvent or water. This is a technique that doesn’t destroy the tooth of the paper, so you can create, with subsequent layers in colored pencil, visually tactile textures and other...

If You Want To Be An Artist

“If you want to be an artist, you have no choice but to be driven,” proclaims colored pencil artist Megan Seiter. Just in case you missed the feature article by Naomi Ekperigin on Seiter’s work in Drawing magazine earlier this year (Winter 2013), here’s a snippet from it!

Strokes of Genius 6 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 124 artists chosen for North Light Books’ 2013 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 6: Value | Lights & Darks! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject...

Drawing Magazine Cover Countdown: #8

This fall, Drawing magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to get the festivities started, the Drawing Magazine Blog is looking back at our 10 favorite covers. To see the full list so far, check out the entire Drawing Magazine Blog. Our number 8 cover was slightly controversial–because some readers, at...

Drawing Magazine Cover Countdown: #9

This fall, Drawing magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to get the festivities started, the Drawing Magazine Blog is looking back at our 10 favorite covers. To see the full list so far, check out the entire Drawing Magazine Blog. For our #9 cover, we’re going all the way back to...

Colored Pencil Workshop with Gary Greene

As far as ease of use, portability and cleanup, it doesn’t get much easier than drawing and painting with colored pencils, but there are some tricks and tips to getting great results. Few artists are better at creating beautiful colored pencil art than Gary Greene. Here, he gives you some basic...