Todd Baxter joins CP Magic! Magazine this month as our featured artist. Although he does full-color work with both of his favorite mediums, his trademark style is half-tone colored pencil portraits. He talks about the motivation behind using one color of pencil on colored paper, as well as his transition from full-time self-employed graphic artist to fine artist.
He also gives us a peek into his spacious and beautiful studio, including his Top Three list of studio must-haves, and 8 marketing ideas for generating art income.
Todd’s advanced-level tutorial is a bit different from most CP Magic! tutorials. How? He focuses more on creating a line drawing freehand than on rendering. This is no fill-in-the-shapes tutorial! If you’re looking for a better way to make realistic freehand drawings, then you’ll want to spend some time with Todd and his tutorial.
Also in This Month’s Issue
Creating Textures with Colored Pencils, Part 1
Cynthia Knox presents the first part of a two-part series describing how she creates all those wonderful textures using colored pencils. This month, she talks about flower petals, lace and metal.
Product Review: Art Spectrum Colourfix Smooth Pastel Paper
Carrie bought new paper: Art Spectrum Colourfix Smooth Pastel paper. After conducting a few experiments on it, she shares her thoughts on this unique textured paper in the Product Review column.
The Art Corners column features Shelley Oberholser’s “electrified kitchen table,” which allows her to not only use her powered devices for making art, but saves time, too. If you work at your kitchen table, you don’t want to miss this!
This month’s gallery includes a wide variety of works ranging from botanical to still life. See all the submissions in the online Reader Gallery.
The Final Pencil Strokes
Additional resources for the intrepid artist who can’t read enough about colored pencils!