With summer now here we felt that it would be the perfect time to feature wildlife artist and photographer, Heather A. Mitchell. Viewing her waterfowl will make you want to spend time in the great outdoors to relax, create art, or photograph your next subject.

Speaking of photography, our first artist Ben Heine has brilliantly combined both pencil and camera to create images that have made him famous around the world. Then, Barb Sotiropoulos gives you creative ways to turn those copyright-free photos into your own unique works.

Next, we are highlighting SoHo Urban Artist colored pencils in the debut section of  “In the Spotlight” where we also showcase Pringle Poirot’s artwork, created with this line of pencils. If you are a USA print subscriber, you will be able to test them for yourself as each issue will contain a sample pencil. Jerry’s Artarama is also giving away five 24-piece sets. To win, send us your best colored pencil tip. Learn more and enter at www.coloredpencilmag.com/soho.

We love it when our readers get involved! Recently, you shared pictures of your art spaces – from large studios to small areas carved out wherever possible. Also, this month’s workshop is of a beautiful glass marble by art instructor Matt Fussell. Be sure visit his site, www.thevirtualinstructor.com for more!

I am excited to announce that we have officially partnered with Quarto Publishing to highlight and give away a new and fabulous art book each month to one lucky subscriber, starting with Portrait Drawing by Joanna Henly. Visit the Giveaways page!

Also just out, is our free 2018 Promotional digital issue. Get it when you sign up to our mailing list and keep up-to-date about all the exciting things going on at COLORED PENCIL Magazine! www.coloredpencilmag.com/signup

The annual 2018 Art Competition is now open for submissions! Enter your colored pencil piece to win bigger and better prizes from Blick Art Materials, Prismacolor, and Legion Paper, with  May 2017 featured artist Aron Gadd as this year’s judge. www.coloredpencilmag.com/competition

Sally Robertson