You’re excited to learn how to use colored pencils, but you keep running into roadblocks:

  • The YouTubers tend to be casual and skim the surface of what you need to know.

  • The workshops aren’t taught at your pace or individual skill level.

  • The books are one-size-fits-all, and don’t encourage artistic expression.

All you really want is a laid-back, methodical system for learning how to draw, right?

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Hi, I’m John—the driving force behind Sharpened Artist.

I know what it’s like to feel lost as an artist. When I got serious about colored pencil back in 2011, I had zero knowledge of the medium.

I spent years devouring every art book I could get my hands on. I went searching through the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet to learn the proper techniques. It felt like a scavenger hunt, and it made me want to pull out my hair. (Okay, okay—I don’t have any hair. But you know what I mean.) In time, my skills developed and my business did too. I started earning commissions. I became a contributor to several colored pencil publications. I mustered up the courage to enter art shows and contests, and even won a time or two!

The road to get there was full of twists and turns, but learning colored pencil shouldn’t be that hard! My goal is to save you that time and effort by sharing everything I’ve learned with you, right here in one place.

No gimmicks, no tricks, no hidden agenda.

Just a ton of information about materials, techniques, shortcuts, art business, and more. The best part? You can start applying it right away in a manner that fits in with your style. I’m not here to teach you how to draw just like me.

I’m here to give you the fundamental skills you need to become an artist all your own.

Consider me your personal art cheerleader. I’ll be here every step of the way, and I can’t wait to see what amazing things you’ll accomplish!


Are you wanting to grow with the Sharpened Artist business? 

We have opportunities for teaching workshops, classes or online courses.  Contact me: john@sharpenedartist.com  (only series inquiries)