This packed issue starts with the story of a beautiful non-profit called In My Father’s Eyes. Read how they are helping kids with cancer and how you can help, too. With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve included some adorable black kitties. Be on the lookout for them inside, starting with a striking step-by-step by Samantha Frye (complete with photo reference download so you can follow along!). Further, to help you get in the costuming mood, find the cool custom mask project that you can create in just a few hours.

Many of you are familiar with the large-scale artwork of Wendy Layne. (If not, be sure to check out the November 2015 issue in which she’s featured.) She is back to help answer common questions about how she draws big. Wendy will also be teaching at the Art of the Carolina’s event this November. This supply expo and artist workshop extravaganza is awesome – I go every year! Look for the link in her article to learn more.

Metallic colored pencils can be intimidating to use, but you can apply them confidently with the help of Lianne Williams. Next, portrait artist Francisco “Franwing” Martinez shares his inspiring story about paving a path in art. In this month’s Q&A, Barbara Sotiropoulos explains all you need to know about print on demand services.

The Art Gear Guide reviews Staedtler Ergosoft and reveals a surprising find. You’ll be charmed by all these pencils are capable of. Speaking of charmed, after one look at the cover I know you are already smitten with the illustrations of our amazingly talented featured artist, Steve Hutton. Read on to see more of his fantastic work.

A special thank you to Strathmore for providing the artist trading cards (ATC’s) in each print issue this month. They are not only a great way to sample paper but also so much fun for drawing small-scale. Share your mini masterpiece, created on the artist trading cards, for a chance to win one of five 24ct Staedtler Ergosoft sets. Details at

Also, we are currently working on our brand new Patreon account, and we expect to be up and running by the time you read this. Our page can be found at This will be a fun place to get downloads, find behind the scenes sneak peeks, post to our community board, and access exclusive content. Tier one is just a $1 pledge and gets you a $2 coupon to use in our store every month!

Want another reason to celebrate this month? Join us on our Facebook page this Friday the 13th where we will play games and give prizes in a two hour live event you won’t want to miss!
See below for more information.

Sally Robertson

Thank you to this month’s contributors:
Brent Anderson, Tim Earley, Jess Fletcher, Samantha Frye, Ivor Harrison, Steve Hutton, Wendy Layne, Deb Joiner, Franwing Martínez, Bong Perez, Yalili Bouza Prieto, Nicola Reif, Barb Sotiropoulos, Lianne Williams


Thank you to this month’s sponsors:
Blick Art Materials |Jerry’s Artarama | Legion Paper
Staedtler | Strathmore | World of Color Expo