Another year is coming to a close and I am still amazed that there continues to be more to discuss, teach, and learn about colored pencils.

It has been astounding to see the artwork at all levels being shared online and in this year’s Annual Art Competition, making it the biggest yet with over 450 entries! View the full gallery with all the entries at: Thank you so much to all those who entered and to our judge Paul Hinks, I know you will enjoy reading his notes on why he made his selections.

If you are a print subscriber, you will find a free 2020 calendar featuring all the winners, plus a wonderful gift from Caran d’Ache – a Luminance pencil. If you’ve ever wanted to test one out to see what the fuss is about, this is your chance to try it and get it on your Christmas list! For more great holiday ideas, check out Jerry’s Artarama’s Gift Guide inside.

Editor’s choice winner France Bauduin was gracious enough to contribute an article on whiskers and pass on some advice that will especially come in handy for those taking the Art Challenge of our new kitty Nova.

In keeping with our cat theme, we have a fabulous tutorial from Martine Venis-Heethaar of a Leopard’s head. We also have Dino who shares how his dedication to our monthly workshops has made an impact on his art.

We are thrilled to showcase the striking white tiger on the cover created by this month’s talented featured artist Deb Stanley. Find out where she got her start and how she just keeps getting better!

Learn how colored pencil brands work together to give you the best results from Barb Sotiropoulos. If you have loved Barb’s advice throughout the years, you will need to get her new Best of Barb’s Q&A book.

Other new items are the 2019 CD and a very limited 2019 Complete Collection, which includes the CD plus all 9 freebies, even those that are marked sold out individually (ships Internationally). We also have our 2019 Art Challenge Photos book containing all this year’s Art Challenge pictures in full-color. Great gifts for any artist!

Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!