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Artists & Illustrators

June 2021
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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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United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

The title of David Hockney’s new book, Spring Cannot Be Cancelled, is such a Hockneian phrase, if that is such a thing. It is by turns obvious yet revelatory, witty and wise, curious yet stubborn, profoundly basic and basically profound. Somehow in just four words he has conjured the essence of his art, while underlining his insatiable appetite for art, nature and life. (It is not, however, my favourite Hockney quote - that title belongs to something his mother Laura said during a first visit to see her son in California after he moved there in 1964. After spending several days poolside in the environment captured in his masterpiece, A Bigger Splash, she said with typical Yorkshire logic: “It’s strange, all this lovely weather and yet you never see any…

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A JOINT PLEASURE My wife and I both enjoyed the recent Channel 4 show Drawers Off hosted by Jenny Eclair. Having both dabbled in watercolour and pencil drawing in the past we became hooked. There were some good artists and some that didn’t seem to have a clue but enjoyed it all the same. This spurred us on to have a go again, which led us to your magazine. We have found this a joint pleasure in these uncertain times. Thanks. Paul Perry, Halesowen WHAT NEXT? At the start of 2020, I decided that I needed to improve my drawing and set myself the challenge of doing one sketch a day, every day for a year. When lockdown happened, it helped me no end to have something to focus on. I joined people on…

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my art story

My art story is possibly not very exciting, but it feels special to me therefore I wanted to share it with you. I am a nurse by profession and an amateur artist. During the first lockdown, encouraged by my friend, I started practicing yoga. I have not stopped since. My love for art and yoga have joined in my yoga_and_art series of inspirational watercolours and ink sketches. I later chose to do a series of oil paintings too. I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that figurative realism could be something that I want to do or definitely keep exploring at this stage of my artistic journey. Agnes Graja, via email That’s very exciting news, Agnes, you shouldn’t feel otherwise. Everyone’s artistic journey is equally important, whether you’ve found your audience yet or not.…

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1 MAKING A MARK: DUTCH AND FLEMISH DRAWINGS FROM THE ROYAL COLLECTION 11 June to 26 September We all know how important it is for our art practice to draw every day – even if we don’t always get round to it – and, as it turns out, so did the Dutch and Flemish masters. Inspired by the saying “no day without a line”, the likes of Rubens, Van Dyck and Jan Brueghel the Elder were encouraged to draw daily. The results collected here vary from quick pen-and-ink preparatory sketches to highly finished watercolours. Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham. www.barber.org.uk 2 BARBARA HEPWORTH : ART AND LIFE 21 May to 27 February 2022 From modern abstract carvings to iconic strung sculptures to large-scale bronze works, Dame Barbara Hepworth’s legacy spans more than five decades. On display alongside…

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CONTOUR DRAWING LEONARDO PEREZNIETO suggests a simple daily sketch exercise Fasten a sheet of inexpensive paper to a drawing board with rubber bands or clips. Sit on a chair, resting the lower edge of your board on your legs with the upper part on the back of another chair. Position your subject in front of you. Observe the contour of your subject, its silhouette. Pick a point on that silhouette, any point. Place the tip of your pencil on the paper to start drawing the outline, focusing your vision on the location where you want to begin. Move your eye slowly around the silhouette, while at the same time drawing the contour with your pencil without looking at your drawing. Move the pencil over the paper as if it were connected to your vision,…

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fresh paint

Wayne Attwood Ghosts of the Memory of Feeling The Fetch of a Wave is Defined by the Distance Travelled The Fetch of a Wave… alla prima With a suggestive finish such as this, it is hard to avoid overworking things. Wayne says it takes confidence to know when to say enough is enough. “I don’t particularly consider my works ultimately ‘finished’ anyway – they either get exhibited and sold, or I just stop applying paint,” he says. “When a painting comes back from an exhibition and sits in the studio for a while, I will quite often add new layers or rework areas.” www.wayneattwood.com Richa Vora Evoking the rich, vibrant and colourful atmosphere of an Indian festival in a painting of a quaint London lane may sound like a rather incongruous ambition. Yet Portfolio Plus member Richa…