John Middick is an art instructor and award-winning colored pencil artist. He’s the driving force behind the Sharpened Artist business and the Sharpened Artist Academy.  He’s been working as an instructor for several years with a strong focus on drawing fundamentals and portraiture. He’s an active member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and The Portrait Society of America. He’s been published in several magazines and online publications.

He’s the creator and host of the highly-rated Sharpened Artist podcast; A show dedicated to the art of colored pencil and exclusive interviews with colored pencil artists. John has a passion for helping colored pencil artists achieve their greatest potential through his social media channels, the Monthly Sharpener community, the online academy, and through personal art mentoring.