With over 500 entries into the Annual Art Competition, I know many are anxiously waiting to see the winners. You can also see the selected art in our free 2021 Calendar, which is included in this print issue and is our gift to you! Thank you to everyone that participated and to our fantastic judge Soomin Jung Remmler. I know she had a hard time choosing with so many excellent pieces entered. Enjoy reading her notes, then go visit the online gallery to view all the submissions at: www.coloredpencilmag.com/competition.

Got some extra time during the holidays? Take the December Art Challenge and draw my adorable Pomeranian. $300 in prizes in 3 categories. This is also the last one for those doing all 2020 challenges to earn a free digital subscription.

December is the perfect time to bank some extra cash. Sema Martin helps you to get holiday sales when you follow her expert advice. Learn even more in her new e-book, available on her website at www.semamartin.com.

Next, we embark on the work of featured artist Natalie Dark whose art reflects her name with dramatic lighting and dark backgrounds that are layered with simple tones.

We have had several requests for information on working on drafting film. It has been years since we have discussed this topic, so we asked the best – Denise J Howard to introduce you to this unique and often misunderstood substrate. To ensure your confidence in using this surface with colored pencils, Denise takes you step-by-step to create leaves on drafting film in this month’s Workshop Series.

France Bauduin, an Honorable Mention in our 2020 Art Competition, provides eight principles to becoming a better artist. Each step is illustrated using one of her beautiful pieces of art. To aid in your Christmas list prep, we give you Jerry’s Artarama Gift Guide with just some examples of items you might want to give or get. The best part, you can buy everything for under $100!

Looking for more? We are always adding new and limited items to our store, so check back regularly – sometimes, we don’t have enough of a single item to advertise it! Each year you can look for our complete collections in print and digital. We always sell-out of our big 12 print issues with CD and freebies for $99.99. Don’t wait if you want to get that. (Including issues that have long since sold-out on our website too!) We also put out our annual photo book, comprised of all the art challenge photos of the year. You can download it free or purchase the print version.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sally Robertson



Thank you to this month’s sponsors:

 Blick Art MaterialsJerry’s Artarama  Quarto Publishing