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Artists & Illustrators January 2019

Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s best-selling magazine for artists and art lovers, providing advice and inspiration every month. Published for almost 25 years, each issue of Artists & Illustrators contains a colourful palette of profiles and features, together with valuable practical ideas, expert technical advice and useful product tests. Whether you favour oils or watercolours, portraits or landscapes, abstract art or botanical illustration, Artists & Illustrators brings a refreshing blend of creativity and advice every four weeks throughout the year.

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find your inspiration in the everyday

As the adage goes, genius is 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration. This month, we’re here to help galvanise your art with a dose of both. Our 18-page practical painting guide kicks off with Martin Kinnear’s 31 ways – one for each day of January – to boost your skills (page 45). These quick tips take in both perspiration and inspiration, from what colour smock to wear while painting to how to observe the landscape like an artist. Terence Clarke also takes a thoroughly practical look at how best to understand and capture the moment of revelation before turning it into a satisfying artwork (page 54).These flashes of creativity are often talked about in highfalutin terms. But, as both our featured artists this month attest, inspiration…

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FLOWER POWERI was inspired by a painting of brightly coloured tulips which was featured in a recent magazine (Artists & Illustrators, Summer 2018, issue 393) so I did a quick sketch then added watercolour.Jean Cooper, via emailIn the December issue we miscredited the publisher of Leigh Ann Gale’s book Botanical Illustration: The Complete Guide. It should have read The Crowood Press. www.crowood.com ■…

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write to us

POST: Your Letters Artists & Illustrators The Chelsea Magazine Company Ltd. Jubilee House 2 Jubilee Place London SW3 3TQ EMAIL:  info@artistsandillustrators.co.uk The writer of our ‘letter of the month’ will receive a £50 gift voucher from our partner GreatArt, who offers the UK’s largest range of art materials with more than 50,000 art supplies and regular discounts and promotions. www.greatart.co.uk ■…

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how i made... his ideas

His Ideas, acrylic, 30.5x22.9cm Gestures of thinking are conveyed by instinctive movements: the unconscious path of a hand, the pressure against skin. Painted with a palette knife, the linear marks add an atmosphere of energy to a quiet portrait to express the physicality of thinking. See more of Alexandra’s art at www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/AlexandraGould • To find out the next Editor's Pick theme and enter for the chance to win £50 voucher from Cass Art, visit www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/submit-editors-pick before  11.59pm on 10 December. ■…

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inspiration explained

Dispirited by my efforts on a painting at an alla prima oil painting workshop, I arrived home wondering whether I should give up altogether. Then I saw, on the doormat, that my Artists & Illustrators (December 2018, issue 398) had arrived. I was, perhaps, not in the mood to open the wrapper. Fortunately, I did open my magazine and after reading two pieces in the 'Master Techniques' section my spirits lifted.Mark Evans on Constable's Skies and what we can learn from his sketches and diaries was excellent. It rang a huge bell with me. Mark's writing and illustrations renewed my recent intention to improve the skies in my landscapes. And then Jake Spicer's article on the lessons we artists can learn from exploring the interior studies of Gwen John.…

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9 artistic things to do in january

1 LONDON ART FAIR Explore what the current art market has to offer at this popular showcase of some of the most exceptional modern and contemporary art, from prints and editions to major works by internationally renowned artists. Head to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London N1, from 16 to 20 January to check it out. www.londonartfair.co.uk 2 DRAW Wild Life Drawing: Aerial Predators Meet and draw some exquisite birds of prey, including Harris Hawks, Lanner Falcons and Barn Owls, on 26 January at Carousel, London. You will learn about their anatomy and unique characteristics in order to create beautiful and accurate sketches of these remarkable aerial predators. www.wildlifedrawing.co.uk 3 LEARN Life Drawing and Portraiture Explore mark-making, drawing and visualisation…