We are starting off this issue, like many of you begin your work – with sketching! Mindy Lighthipe teaches us how to do some gesture drawings of birds. Not only is this a great warm-up, but you will learn a lot about our feathered friends.

Have you wanted to know the difference between a burnishing and blender pencil? This month we help you distinguish when to use which. Barb Sotiropoulos also helps answer questions about pastels and pastel pencils as we learn more about this month’s spotlight product, Stabilo CarbOthello chalk-pastel pencils. You can win one of five 24 piece sets this month so be sure to visit our Giveaway page at www.coloredpencilmag.com/giveaways. Once you are there, you will find a few more freebies this month – we have our Quarto Book of the Month, Pencil Drawing Cats, which one lucky subscriber will win and from Dover, five copies of the new Veronica Winter’s book Colored Pencil Manual. Veronica has been a long-time contributor to COLORED PENCIL Magazine, so we are especially proud of her 2nd book and hope you will sign-up to win it.

Let’s jump back inside the magazine where you will find … YOU, well, five of you anyway. We had so many great submissions to our Colored Pencil Tip Contest, but could only pick a few to publish. I know you will learn some fun new tips from your colleagues.

We are thrilled to have the host of the Colored Pencil Podcast John Middick to personally teach you how to draw a mouth. Make sure you tune in weekly to www.sharpenedartist.com – it’s free!

Another thing. I have to tell you about the products we have available. We always sell out of our items but have brought back the White Pencil Pack and the new and bigger Black Paper Pack. Perfect when purchased together to test both pencil and paper – at these prices, we are confident they won’t last long. Use your black paper to enter this month’s challenge inspired by this month’s featured artist Holly Bedrosian who’s muse is her son and his love for dinosaurs.

Want to be the first to know about these in-house items? Just buy one! We send a private email to customers who have purchased our specialty items, to give them first chance at our new products – many times at a discount.

Lastly, thank you to all who entered the 2018 Art Competition, and to our esteemed judge Aron Gadd.
Visit him at www.arongadd.co.uk.

Winners will be contacted by 10/1/18 and announced on our site 12/1/18
and in the December issue. www.coloredpencilmag.com/competition

Sally Robertson