May 2021 CP Magic Magazine


Featured Artist: Susan Brinkmann

Artist interview and Welsh Terrier tutorial. Pet Portraits in Colored Pencil, Making the Art You Want to Make, Nothing but Pencils & Paper, Ask Carrie, featured photo, and more.

40 pages

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May 2021 CP Magic is a digital product only.

What’s in May 2021 CP Magic

Susan Brinkmann joins CP Magic as May’s featured artist.

Susan is an award-winning British artist based in the Netherlands specializing in colored pencil portraits of people and animals. Her artwork has been published and exhibited on an international scale. But above all, she loves to teach, and talk about her artwork, which she does in the interview portion of this month’s CP Magic.


Susan’s tutorial is based on a portrait commissioned by a repeat client and features her signature plain background and highly-detailed subject.

Her subject is a curly-haired Welsh Terrier drawn on Winsor & Newton Smooth Heavyweight Paper.

This intermediate-level tutorial includes links to a reference photo and line drawing.

New This Month

Pet Portraits in Colored Pencil

This month features the second in a series of new columns focusing on specific subjects. Last month, Carrie wrote about The Landscape Artist. This month’s special column is for the reader who is or wants to become a pet portrait artist.

Reader Gallery

Five works from CP Magic readers. All skill levels.

See all reader art submissions in the online May 2021 CP Magic Reader Gallery.

Also in May 2021 CP Magic

Making the Kind of Art You Want to Make

When it comes to creating art, you should create what you’re passionate about. At least that’s the guiding principle.  But what does that mean? Carrie shares her thoughts on this basic art philosophy to help you find the kind of art you want to make.

Then & Now

Do you think your work will never improve? If you do, then you’ll enjoy this regular CP Magic feature, which compares an early work and a later work by one of your favorite artists.

Nothing But Pencils & Paper

Do you want to know what burnishing is and when to use it? This month’s Nothing But Pencils & Paper article was written for you!

The Final Pencil Strokes

Additional resources for the intrepid artist who can’t read enough about colored pencils!

May 2021 CP Magic is available as a digital download only