'I returned to my artistic roots after leaving a long non-art career in Local Government in 2017,' says Helen Carter. 'I have always loved to draw rather than paint, and it was a natural progression for me to move from graphite and charcoal to colour pencils.

'I joined the UK Coloured Pencil Society in 2018 and I have learned so much about this versatile medium from the helpful members there that this year I joined the team and became vice-chair of the society'.

2021 is the society's 20th Anniversary and they are holding our largest exhibition ever, with over 200 original artworks showcasing the best of colour pencils from around the world. Find out more here.

Here are Helen's five top tips for working with colour pencils.