Help with Colored Pencils

Class FAQs

Are you looking for help with colored pencils?

You’ve come to the right place!

Help with Colored Pencils

“I’m new to colored pencils. I want to learn how to use them, but don’t know where to begin.”

Any time you learn something new, it looks overwhelming. So many tools. So many methods to learn. Sometimes even what sounds like a foreign language!

Sometimes just going to the store to buy “the basics” is mind numbing.

The speed with which new pencils, blending tools, specialty items and papers enter the market make learning the basics even more difficult.

One way to simplify matters is to get the help and advice of someone who’s been doing what you want to learn long enough to have learned what does—and does not—work. Someone who can help you learn the fundamentals and learn them well, then help you decide what else you need to learn to make the best art you can make.

“You know, I’d really like to learn how to make my own drawings, but I’ve been doing tutorials or adult coloring pages for so long, I don’t know if I’m good enough.”

Let me let you in an a little secret.

No one starts out good enough. Every artist you know and admire started out right where you are now. They got where they are today by working with the natural gifts they were given, and learning everything they could learn about their craft. And they drew.

A lot!

You can do the very same thing. It won’t be quick or easy, but it is possible. I’d love the opportunity to show you how.

“My biggest problem is discouragement. My ideas look great when I start, but then something happens and they all look like trash. I can’t seem to finish anything! Can you help me?”

My friend, I know exactly what you’re saying. It seems like every drawing goes through the same cycle and I struggle with discouragement and even disillusionment frequently.

So if you decide to let me help you learn colored pencils, you won’t be getting “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” advice from me. Oh no!

The biggest strength I bring to my one-to-one distance learning opportunities is an understanding of what it’s really like to see that grand and glorious idea falter somewhere in the drawing process. I know! I’ve been there!

And I can help you get past those moments, too. All you have to do is let me know what’s happening in your art world, and I’ll help you get through it, over it, under it…. Past it.

“I’ve been an artist for a long time and people tell me my work is good, but I just don’t see it. Nothing I finish measures up to the ideal in my mind when I start. I feel like giving up altogether and taking up sewing or something easy!”

Don’t give up. Whatever else you might do, do not give up!

And don’t let your self-assessment of your work or your skill as an artist derail you. All creative people encounter times of self-doubt. It’s as much a part of life as breathing. You just have to resist it, and find ways to overcome it.

As an artist who deals frequently with self-doubt, I can offer you the encouragement that comes from firsthand experience. No fluff or warm fuzzies; just good, sound counsel and suggestions on moving beyond self-doubts.

(By the way, sewing isn’t easy. I have two sisters who sew and I’ve seen what they do. What they make look so easy confuses and frustrates me!)

Help with Colored Pencils

“That all sounds good, but there are a lot of artists offering colored pencil courses or classes now. Why is your program any better than theirs?”

Short answer? For a lot of people, my online colored pencil course probably isn’t better than anyone else’s. Truth be told, it’s not the right program for a lot of you.

How can I say something like that about something I’m trying to promote? It’s easy!

I’ve been a portrait artist for over 40 years. A lot of people saw my portraits in person, in print media, and on the internet. A lot of them have told me how much they liked my work.

If every person who complimented me also bought a portrait, I wouldn’t teaching right now. I’d have portraits scheduled for the next five years. Maybe more!

The simple fact is that not everyone who likes something likes it enough to buy it.

The same thing will happen with this course.

Help with Colored Pencils

Quite simply, this program is a good match for some, and a poor match for most. Anyone who’s marketed anything for any length of time understands and accepts the truth of that.

So maybe my course isn’t a good fit for you, your artistic sensibilities, or what you want to do with your art. That’s great. There is someone out there who is the perfect fit.

If I’m not a good fit for you, that’s okay. No hard feelings.

But if I am, then you have the confidence of partnering with an artist who has been doing art for nearly sixty years. An artist who has painted portraits for money and knows about satisfying clients, marketing portraits, even making farm visits and photographing subjects.

Not into portraits? I also have experience drawing landscapes and other subjects including cats and dogs, still life, and life drawing. If those things interest you, then lets talk.

But even if you really want to learn to draw some other subject, lets talk about that. Ask whatever you want to ask before you pay for any class. Let’s see if we really are a good fit or not.

At the very least, we may save you some money by determining this program isn’t the right one for you. I may even be able to suggest an artist who will be a better fit!

How cool would that be?

Help with Colored Pencils in Three Ways

I offer three ways to get the help you need and want with colored pencils.

Colored Pencil Class by the Day

Day Classes

Have a question to ask or a problem to solve that involves more than a quick email?

Carrie’s day class is exactly what you need. Get help from an established colored pencil artist.


Colored Pencil Class by the Week

Week Classes

Get help with a current project, learn more about a specific technique or method, or ask about general practices.