Happy Halloween! Ok, we still have a little way to go, but this issue will surely put you in the mood. Let’s start with our trick-or-treat to you. If you are a print subscriber, you will see a treat of a sample pencil of the new Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencil, and a trick (if you are scared of spiders) of a custom coloring page by Laura Airey Le. You can download this free page to print and color at www.coloredpencilmag.com/pumpkinpage.pdf.

Laura also begins the issue with her article on creating creepy crawlers. Hopefully, after you read it you will be more open to drawing some eight-legged friends.

Learn all about the new 24 colors from Caran d’Ache as we introduce the 20 piece Luminance Portrait Assortment plus four additional open stock colored pencils.

If you have missed Barb Sotiropoulos as much as we have, you will be excited to see her visit with a workshop on an outstanding mixed-media fall still life. Download the line art, reference, and more at

Right in the middle of this awesome autumn issue, you will find Marald Van Haasteren, our talented featured artist. He presents both the light and dark sides of his work, as he reveals to us the thoughts behind the art and how he hopes it will inspire you to live life to the fullest.

More creatures are in store as we explore the Book of the Month 100 Fantasy Creatures and Characters by Brynn Metheney.

Next, Sema Martin shares the five things to avoid when going full-time with your art. Get more advice when you get her new book, Art is My Career.

Thomas Sciacca is a professional artist who makes a living recreating classic circus art. You will love his style and story in Sideshow Serenade.

I hope you enjoy this seasonally themed publication
as much as we loved putting it together for you!

Sally Robertson

Thank you to this month’s sponsors:

 Blick Art Materials | Caran d’AcheJerry’s Artarama  Quarto Publishing  |  UART