As we reflect on the past year, we are so grateful for our growing audience and for support from some of our favorite art suppliers in the world. These companies have not only trusted us with their advertisements but have also enabled us to give back over $26,000 worth of art supplies to you in 2017 alone! Let’s all share our appreciation by visiting their Facebook pages and websites. And, if you get the chance, let them know that COLORED PENCIL Magazine sent you!

Speaking of giveaways, this month Faber-Castell is generously gifting a Polychromos pencil with every print issue as well as five 12-pencil tin sets. Make sure you are an active print and/or digital subscriber by 12/31/17 to be included in the random drawing.

We are also giving away the brand new art book Drawing for Joy by Stephanie Peterson Jones, published by Quarto Publishing (see page 26). Simply sign up for our newsletter and you could be the lucky winner:

As you will see, we end the year on a high note with seasoned professional artist James Wempe. His colored pencil illustrations are among the absolute best. Then, up-and-coming artist Joshua Dansby, whose work has been featured by Strathmore, sits down with us to talk color and portraits.

I have been planning to share the scoop on popular art box subscriptions for a while, and what better time than now? Find the perfect Christmas gift or the new year inspiration you crave in one of these six boxes.

Barb Sotiropoulos shares her tips for creating a successful series, and the Art Gear Guide reviews Koh-I-Noor Mondeluz watercolor pencils. Read the review, watch the video, and decide if you need these pencils on your wishlist! Last, Iain Benham creates glass bottles from a phenomenal picture he took at a local antique shop.

Have you earned a free subscription? If you entered all twelve 2017 Monthly Art Challenges then you are eligible for a complimentary one year digital subscription. To claim your prize, send the link to your Flickr account to, and we will kick off your subscription with the January 2018 issue!

NEW! Our 2017 CD is now available for purchase! Get all 12 issues plus a bonus promo issue for $24.99. Enter the new year with our 2018 Calendar and enjoy colored pencil art every month!