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COLORED PENCIL magazine ADMIN July 13, 2021
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Group Description

COLORED PENCIL Magazine provides regular colored pencil art challenges in partnership with Jerry's Artarama.

Enter before the deadline to be eligible to win some great prizes. You are also welcome to take any of the past art challenges just for fun. It's also a great learning tool as you can view other artist's entries and study the winning pieces. Be sure to post your finished work here on our Flickr page!


Group Rules

Rules for the COLORED PENCIL Magazine Art Challenges

By submitting your artwork to the COLORED PENCIL Magazine Art Challenge Flickr page you acknowledge that you have read and accepted the following rules, terms, and conditions.

Challenge for colored pencil artists and aspiring artists to compete in and grow from with a chance to win prizes from Jerry’s Artarama!

Challenges end on specified date and are announced, on our website, in COLORED PENCIL Magazine, and on our Facebook page at, Typically posted 2-3 work days days after the deadline. All past and current challenges can be found on our website at:

The CPM Art Challenge is sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama. Prizes are listed for each challenge. eGift Certificates are non-transferable and must be used online at Visit their website for details on both USA and International shipping and specific restrictions.

View Art Challenge image you are entering for specific prize information. selects random prize winners.

Note that your screen may look different depending on the version and device on which you are viewing.

Step 1. Make sure that you have a Flickr account. You will not be able to submit or view all images without doing this.

Step 2. Click on the Cloud with Arrow, located on the top black bar (to the right next to the bell), to Upload an image to your Photostream.

Step 3. Add a title and in the description add your Name and Category in which you are entering.

Step 4. Be sure that your image is set to VIEWING PRIVACY = PUBLIC.

Step 5. Select “Add to group” on the right side and Search CPM Art Challenge or Go to our group page or select "Add Photo" to the Photo Pool.

You are done! We will add a confirmation “Thank you” message, right before judging begins.

View winners at

Important Note - Monthly Art challenges merge Intermediate and Beginner Categories and end with December 2020 Art Challenge.

Advanced Category (One or more of the following.)
You have -
• Made money from your artwork.
• Received high accolades, recognition, or awards for your colored pencil artwork.
• Instructed others. (In publications, blogs, video, or art classes.)
• Won an Intermediate Challenge.
• An art degree or extensive art instruction.

Intermediate Category (One of more of the following.)
You have -
• At least 2-years of experience with colored pencils.
• Limited art instruction.
• Won a Beginner Challenge.
• Risen to this level.

Beginner Category (Not qualified for other categories.)

•Open internationally to all ages. Parental consent may be required to claim prizes.

•If the reference photo(s) are not taken by the submitting artist, then written permission from the photographer must be available upon request. Artist acknowledges the rights to use before submitting.

•Artwork must include challenge name, artist name, and qualifying category.

•Artwork must be 80% colored pencil*. 20% can be any other medium. *Note: Our definition of colored pencil in its simplest form is 1) it must be a pencil and 2) it must be pigmented. This means we include pastel, ink, watercolor, wax, and oil-based pencils! This does NOT include chalks or sticks.

•Limited to 3 original entries per artist. No work-in-progress or crops are permitted as extras.

•Posted work must be “family-friendly” – no nudity or vulgarity. Entries we deem in violation will be deleted at our discretion without notice.

•Artwork must be uploaded and posted to our group page by the deadline listed (Midnight, Eastern Time).

•Images must represent the actual artwork as much as possible. Photoshop usage must be limited to color corrections to match original work and cannot be used for manipulations, clean-up, or modifications of your artwork. You cannot work directly on a photocopy or grisaille image! Line transfers (tracing onto your own paper), however, is acceptable. Any submissions in question will be required to show work-in-progress images to satisfy our judges.

•We prefer that you post the size and materials used and any other details you’d like to share. If entry is brought into question, we may require more information about your artwork, including materials and methods used.

•Winners are contacted via their submitted Flickr account through a private message. To claim your prize, winners have 7 days to submit a non-watermarked, high resolution (300 ppi) image along with name and email for the prize to be sent to.

•Prize-winning artists are eliminated from the random drawing. However, artists who are Honorable Mentions are still included in the random pool.

•You can only win one time in the Beginner and Intermediate Categories before being bumped to the next level.

•Once you enter in a category, you cannot go back to a lower one.

•By uploading your artwork to our Flickr page, you are agreeing to our terms of service below. We reserve the right to remove files from our page without prior notice.

MONTHLY ART CHALLENGE ONLY - your piece must be at least 25% (of the photo) complete to enter but must have enough done to recognize the reference. Intentional scribbles, non-related art, past artwork, and “joke” entries will be discarded without notice. Only one incomplete entry per person. Cropping for composition is acceptable as long as you still finish 25% of the photo. You can only win prizes in the judged categories 3 times in any 12 month period and only once a calendar year for the Random prize. There are no limits to Honorable Mentions. You can take as much liberty with our photo as you like but we MUST be able to identify our image as unique. For example, if our challenge photo is a butterfly, you cannot use any image of a butterfly or use any butterfly you drew. Additions are acceptable but we will not consider those added elements when judging. All photo references provided by COLORED PENCIL Magazine photos are copyright released only to artists that are using it to create colored pencil original artwork. The photograph itself belongs to its respective photographer and has been used with full consent and written permission when applicable.

Judging is done by the COLORED PENCIL Staff. We understand that this is a subjective area but to help you understand what we are looking for when we choose our winners, here are the following criteria we use. First and foremost, we are looking at drawing and rendering skills. This includes proportion, values, and hues. Next, we consider composition then creativity.

WARNING: Anyone that is found to violate these rules will be banned from future Art Challenges as well as our annual Art Competition!

Last Updated: 12/15/20 (Last edited to reflect new rules and guides for changing challenges in 2021.)


Limited Use Copyright Release & Agreement
By submitting your art to the COLORED PENCIL Magazine Art Challenge and uploading it to our Flickr page, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and accept the following terms and conditions.
You acknowledge that you are the copyright holder of artwork submitted and agree to assign non-exclusive rights to the publisher for reproduction in COLORED PENCIL Magazine, related publications, and for possible use in marketing material associated with this publication at the publisher’s discretion. The artist warrants that all information supplied is current and true. Furthermore, the artist/author indemnifies the Publisher against any claims from any party that may arise from the publication of images submitted.
Other than the assignment of the necessary rights, the Publisher does not acquire, nor assume responsibility for, any other rights.

Print this page for your records, changes may be made without notice.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 3 things to the pool each month.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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