New Artist

New Artist

From watercolours to digital art, sketching to oil painting, take your first steps in painting and drawing today! Our tutorials take you through original projects, with professional tips and advice. Plus we go inside the artists’ studios, and discover the best places to exhibit your work.

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“ we’ve met so many talented artists willing to shar their work and experience”

Creating this magazine has been an enlightening experience for us – we’ve met so many talented, knowledgeable artists willing to share their work and experiences for the good of others, it’ been amzing! We hope you will be inspired by their methods and stories. We certainly are and we#8217;ve discovered so much along the way. Learning to observe what we actually see, rather than what we think a subject should look like, is a basic but essential skill that we can all take on board. Remembering basic points like this, along with fitting in regular practice, are key to progress. So, Whatever your style or choice of medium, we hope you enjay learning from the professionals in this issue. Editor/Art Editor…

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watercolour painting

1 Paint Watercolour paint comes in tubes or ‘pans’ (small blocks that you slot into a paintbox). The tube paints are more convenient as they’re ready to use and there’s very little waste, whereas pans can dry up. Both sorts of paint are available in artists’ and students’ quality. Artists’ paints are more expensive but give better results as they contain more pigment so the colours are deeper and more transparent. If you’re starting out, don’t splash out on a huge range of colours – just select a few and then mix your own shades from the colours you have. 2 Brushes It’s worth spending a bit of money on brushes, as cheap ones won’t last and might even spoil your work with stray bristles. Whether you go for synthetic or natural bristles,…

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timeless tuscany

MATERIALS • Forex PVC board • Gesso acrylic primer • Maimeri Polycolor: Deep Yellow (118) Bordeaux (165) Ultramarine (390) Payne’s Grey (514) A NOTE ON ACRYLIC PAINTS Acrylic paints can be thinned with water and used as washes like watercolours, but the washes aren’t re-hydratable once they’ve dried, so can’t be blended with other layers at that point. Acrylics don’t usually come off! Stronger solvents might remove some of the paint but not the stain. If working with several media, bear in mind these solvents will remove any other paints they touch. Preparing for a new painting is the most time-consuming aspect for Italian artist Alessandro Andreuccetti. Here he takes us through his process for ‘Timeless Tuscany‘. 1 Preparing the board The work begins with the preparation of the support. I decided to paint on a panel of Forex…

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sketching using the rule of thirds

I usually start with a few sketches of my first impressions of the image that I am creating. I sketch quickly – without any artistic pretensions – but allowing me to establish the design of the painting, the light and dark, the arrangement of objects, what needs to be highlighted and what is hidden. At this stage I’m not even thinking about the colour scheme, I‘m just concentrating on what I want to represent – in this case a Tuscan landscape. I divide the space following the rule of thirds: three vertical and horizontal lines that intersect to form nine areas. The intersection of the lines is a strong point and where I will place a significant element of the composition. For this painting, this is where I decided to…

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alessandro andreuccetti: my approach

“Through my work I want to represent the relationships between colours, shapes and textures and how I can apply them to my preferred subjects: landscapes and human figures,“ enthuses Alessandro. “Observers of my work can grasp my point of view and they are also free to interpret the subject as they please, and so they re-create a new piece of work. Ultimately with my colours, my drawings, the shapes that I paint, I suggest a possible interpretation of reality – mine – but the case remains open to the infinite possibilities of the personal experience of each.“ Alessandro spends a lot of time thinking and planning each of his paintings – the patterns of colours to use, what to emphasise and what to leave in the background. He writes notes, sketches different…

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sketchbook studies

Christine Lawes Christine Lawes is a botanical artist and illustrator who brings a decorative flair to flower, plant and vegetable studies. Following a degree in textiles and fashion she taught art, design and textiles in colleges and schools for 30 years. Now retired, she exhibits her artwork in galleries in Bath and has produced a popular range of cards. MORE INFORMATION • Christine’s work can be found at Pinterest Christine Lawes, and on Instagram Christine_Lawes • Email:…