We hope you are having a wonderful summer. We’ve been keeping busy creating lots of great content, fun giveaways, and – as you may have noticed – a new website!

The best part of the new website is the member accounts. If you haven’t already, check out your new, complimentary COLORED PENCIL Magazine account at: www.coloredpencilmag.com/my-account. On the front page you’ll find the latest news, giveaways, this editor’s note, and links to download your digital purchases. You can also renew your subscription, update payment information, and so much more. Login anytime to access digital issues – no missing emails or expiring links!

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We begin this month with a brilliant erasing trick from Deb Stanley, then Barb Sotiropoulos helps you safely store your artwork. Diego Jourdan Pereira wraps up his three part illustration series by discussing tracing in the professional world. Featured artist Hiroshi Ogawa shares his fascinating interpretation of the world and art through hatching.

It can be discouraging seeing peers far more advanced in art, but we all have to start from the beginning. Lauren Cahill recalls her beginning blunders in the hopes you can learn from her mistakes.

Are you ready to go pro? Catherine Orer helps make it so with six simple steps. Also, be sure to check out her website, The Artist Entrepreneur, for a wealth of helpful information. Ivor Harrison of The Art Gear Guide reviews Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils, and if bought the print issue you received a sample of the Magnus pencil, which is the same but bigger! Even more, Faber-Castell is giving away six Albrecht Dürer sets – visit: www.coloredpencilmag.com/giveaways to learn how to win.

Though we’re thrilled by all the ways we already get to inspire, encourage, and equip you, we’re not done yet.
We are working on even more ways to reward our subscribers. Stay tuned!

Sally Robertson