Feeling blue? We sure are, inspired by our featured artist Thomas Fluharty who has made his mark in the art world with a single indigo blue pencil … the Prismacolor Premier 901! Prismacolor was generous enough to put this pencil inside every print copy so you can try it out for yourself. Read about Thomas’s journey and career, then sign up to take his class at www.Schoolism.com while space is available.

Our book of the month is by Alex Hillkurtz titled, Sketching Techniques for Artists. Read the excerpt on composition, then subscribe to be entered to win the whole set of five books in this series.

Juli Vicente shows you why there is strength in non-traditional color, followed by the gallery of artwork from our wonderful readers.

We bring you two terrific plant-based articles this month that complement each other — first, Botanicals on Black by Ieva Strauta and then Plant Ambiance by Melissa Bryant.

Learn all about conservation mounting by art expert Sema Martin, then follow this free workshop from one of our favorites, Lisa Clough of Lachri Fine Art of a red-eyed tree frog.

Last, we present the Colored Pencil Art Selfie Challenge’s top winners, selected from 130 entries. Visit www.coloredpencilmag.com/challenge for a link to all the entries and Honorable Mentions, then sign up for our next one – the Primary Pencil Challenge due 7/1.

If you haven’t tried one of the Grizaye kits, we’d love you to get the new Green-Veined Butterfly kit that includes two projects (both top and bottom of this specimen), complete with two mats and backing to quickly frame and hang. Order and view the new video at www.grizaye.com.


Sally Robertson