Welcome to another issue! I hope you are feeling encouraged by these monthly doses of COLORED PENCIL Magazine, but if you are struggling to feel like a growing artist, know you are not alone, Barb Sotiropoulos addresses how you can work through your art insecurities in the latest Q&A. She is an amazing encourager, not just in her column but on her blog and in her videos as well. Visit her at www.barbsotiart.com.

Recently, we invited to you create a mini masterpiece to win a 12-piece Legion Stonehenge variety set. Although we couldn’t show you all of them, we display the winning pieces and a few favorites. Let this inspire you to create your own small scale art – it’s fun and addictive!

Unmask Art is back as an instructor showing us in 10 simple steps how to make a hyperrealistic dime that you will be proud of, then Alyce Duh shows us how to level up your colored pencil work just by choosing the right toned paper.

In the Spotlight is Color Tones by Chameleon. It’s a new and unusual colored pencil that has a duo tip for quick blending. Not only are the pencils smart, but the magnetic display box that they come in are too. Win them, along with the new hardcover poster coloring book Mandelas Gone Wild by Dino Tomic. I am working on one of the posters myself and find it relaxing! Speaking of Dino, read our interview with him, and view just some of his crazy innovative projects – some of them you might even be familiar with as many have gone viral.

Ok, you may be looking at this cover and be second guessing if this is really art or just a photo, but I can assure you that it is the pastel pencil work of Jason Morgan. I can’t believe it has taken us this long to get this wildly popular artist featured, but here he is and I’m positive that many of you are big fans and supporters already . . . or will be!

Starting now, you have until September 1st to get your art submitted into the 2019 Annual Art Competition. If you are a print or digital subscriber you get one free entry, if not, it’s $10 each or three for $25. Once you enter, you will be eligible to win Blick bucks, Legion paper, and new this year, Caran d’Ache Luminance sets! So many of you have these pencils on your wish list, so we worked with Caran d’Ache to award them in this year’s competition. Winners will also be published in an upcoming issue and all entrants will be included in our 2019 gallery, so you’ll want to make sure your best piece is included. See our site for rules and online entry at www.coloredpencilmag.com/competition.

Thank you again to Quarto for another great Book of the Month, this time giving away Karen Hull’s brand new title Realistic Portraits in Colored Pencil. Just subscribe for a chance to win, or get 30% off with code below. A must-have for your art library. 

We hope you enjoy all our giveaways and contests this month!

Sally Robertson