You may have noticed that each issue has a unique personality and often a subtle theme. This month’s focus is on commercial art and artists. If you have an interest in that field, this issue is for you!

We kick off by interviewing working artist and illustrator Anaïs Lee. You will love her whimsical art! Then Sheldene Visagie explains a technique for adding texture to your work. Want more insight on creating effects? Barb Sotiropoulos shares a few tips and tricks up her sleeve that you will want to put to the test.

I stop in to show you a great online editor that allows you to easily edit, watermark, and share your image, and the Art Gear Guide reviews the beautiful Tombow Irojiten pencils. Plus, we are giving away 10 Irojiten pencil sets for you to try! Diego Jourdan Pereira begins a three part series this month sharing his insider information as a successful illustrator who has worked deep in the industry worldwide. Jennifer Lane bravely shares her story of trial and triumph in hopes of helping heal and inspire others.

Last but not least, I cannot wait for you to get to know our featured artist Aron Gadd. He’s an artist who has made it to the top by working with big brands and yet still takes time to do individual commissions. He is one of the best pet portrait artists on the planet!

See below to check out our additional giveaway this month! We are thrilled to share the newly published book How to Color Like an Artist by our former COLORED PENCIL Student contributor Veronica Winters. Not just for coloring book enthusiasts, this beautiful guide will help any artist hone their shading and blending skills. Find out how to win and receive 25% off at:

Sally Robertson