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Artists & Illustrators August 2016

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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take your art into the wild

What is it about animals that makes them so intriguing to paint? For one, they never moan (at least out loud) about having to pose for long sittings or complain about an unflattering likeness in the final result. Whether it’s a simple drawing of a pet, or an ambitious study of a wild elephant, the world of wildlife art presents unlimited challenges. To try a few for yourself, visit page 50, where artists Kate Osborne and Pip McGarry have put together a few wild painting demonstrations. And on page 30, the co-author of The Book of the Bird Kendra Wilson explores the majestic avian influence on art, and picks her top five bird paintings. Meanwhile, at the Royal Academy, David Hockney RA is exploring a very different beast: the human portrait.…

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your letters

FAMILY PORTRAIT Here is my latest portrait offering, ‘Fraser’. It is a soft pastel painting on Canson Mi Teintes paper, which is taken from a photo of my nephew, Fraser, which I took when he was sat in a pensive mood. I liked the composition and the way the strong sunlight caught the highlights in his mop of curly hair and beard. Rosie Mark, via email YOUR LETTERS: ISSUE 336 In the July issue of your magazine my book was mentioned in a letter from Ron Greaves. I have a degree in Fine Art and was attracted to the iPad after seeing the Hockney exhibition of 2012. After I bought an iPad I realised there was no manual to show you how to use it, so my book came in to being. The iPad will…

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second-hand art

As I watched my artwork being rescued from a skip at the refuse dump, I felt a surge of resentment. Looking on the bright side, I should take it as a compliment that someone else could see the value in my paintings, even though they were in poor condition and unfit for exhibition. Sadly, for all the hours I had spent on them, now someone else was going to reap the benefits. I then made a rule that in future I would completely destroy my work to shreds before putting it in a public skip. However, I now find myself in a quandary. Six years ago I completed a Fine Art Degree and my output was prolific. I was encouraged to do very large mechanical abstracts, all have been exhibited, admired…

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9 artistic things to do in august

1 ING DISCERNING EYE EXHIBITION OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS The ING Discerning Eye is an exhibition of small works chosen by six prominent figures in the art world. Artists & Illustrators’ former editor had the honour of curating a space at last year’s event alongside fellow judges Nicole Farhi and Emma Bridgewater, and was floored by the high standard of works on offer. The show opens a rare window of opportunity for unknown artists to exhibit alongside well-known names, and a chance to win the £5,000 ING Purchase Prize. Submissions will be accepted from now until the 3 September, and the only restriction is the size, which must not exceed 50cm in its largest dimension. Submit your work at Mall Galleries, London SW1 on 2 and 3 September or find details on…

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ENGLAND - LONDON Bhupen Khakhar Until 6 November Five decades of work from this key figure in modern figurative Indian art. Tate Georgina Houghton: Spirit Drawings Until 11 September Abstract watercolours from this 19th-century spiritualist medium who was championed by Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle. The Courtauld Gallery. Painters’ Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck Until 4 September Art once owned by Matisse, Degas and more. National Painting with Light Until 25 September Exploring the relationship between photography and Pre-Raphaelite art. Tate Etel Adnan: The Weight of the World Until 11 September Paintings, poetry and tapestry from this Lebanese essayist. Serpentine Scottish Artists 1750-1900 Until 9 October Paintings, drawings and miniatures collected by monarchs from George III to Queen Victoria. The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham ENGLAND - NORTH Alice in Wonderland Until 2 October An illustrated tribute to Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Laing Art Gallery, Boris Nzebo…

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fresh paint

ANGIE LEWIN The archipelago of Outer Hebrides, Scotland, is an area rich with coastal flora and fauna. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Island of Strangers’, its rugged shoreline has a will of its own, producing wild flowers and vegetation. Printmaker and designer Angie Lewin has a fondness for this hardiness in nature, seeking out scenes from the saltmarshes of Norfolk and the Scottish Highlands for her work. The pink speckled rocks and sea plantain captured in Summer Shore, were first spotted on a rare sunny day by the western coast of North Uist. The work is not so much ‘straight of the easel’ as ‘straight off the printing press’. Having drawn the flowers in person, Angie developed a watercolour sketch, which was used as a guide for drawing with Indian ink and…