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Artists & Illustrators November 2018

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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in and out of the comfort zone

At what point do you “become” an artist? Arguably, anyone who engages in the process of making art has the right to call themselves such. Others might say the correct answer is “never” because the creative process is one long, neverending journey. But what’s certainly true is that to keep moving along the path, both amateurs and professionals alike must continually challenge themselves. And that means getting out of your comfort zone. In this issue, two artists have done just that. On page 31, we chat to award-winning portrait painter Phoebe Dickinson, who threw caution to the wind and spent a year travelling and painting landscapes. She’s sure the break away from her core practice has made her a better painter. On page 75, Jake Spicer continues his latest series of articles…

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GETTING THE BLUES While reading your September 2018 magazine (issue 395), the thought occurred to me that I would love to be a fly on the wall during a debate about colour temperature between Graham Webber, who on page 62 describes Cerulean as cooler than Ultramarine, and Al Gury who takes the opposite view – only two pages later. Dick Ray, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, via email You’re not alone in spotting this difference in opinion on the tricky topic of the temperature of blue. Both can be right – it’s down to different artists’ interpretations – but we’ll be tackling the subject in-depth soon to try to get to the bottom of the issue. SUPPORT POPS UP I want to say how I enjoy Artists & Illustrators. I was pleased to receive my October copy (issue…

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social scene

Talking point: Do you prefer to draw in graphite or charcoal? Madelein Bronn: Graphite is too shiny for me. I love to work with charcoal and I love to choose from all the different kinds for different affects. Martha Bredwell: Graphite is preferable if painting atop the drawing. Charcoal is great if only doing a drawing. Kilyén Balázs: Prefer graphite because it’s more easy to handle, like to scan, transport, etc. Cynthia Sequanna: Graphite for most daily drawing. Less messy and good for on the go sketching. Charcoal is a choice when a rougher texture is desired and it’s specific character is desired in the drawing. Joy Bower: Graphite. I like the feel of it, and the fineness of the marks you can make. Also the many degrees of hardness/ softness. Join our regular talking points…

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it’s all in the mind

It was so interesting to read the article ‘The Art of Wellbeing’ in my recent copy of Artists & Illustrators (October, issue 396). I have always found that I could achieve mental peace when creating my artwork. This was especially important when I was working in education, which was very stressful at times. My style of painting involves thousands of tiny dots of acrylic paint applied with a stick. It becomes a totally absorbing enterprise. You become so focused, yet your mind is also able to distance itself from the almost mechanical process of the painting and wander down a beautiful path of mindful thinking. It is truly relaxing on a deeper level, and I have often found that solutions to problems appear without even realising that I was thinking about them while painting. Donna…

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9 artistic things to do in november

1 ARTISTS OF THE YEAR 2019 IS OPEN Our competition returns for its 11th year, offering Artists & Illustrators readers the chance to gain national exposure for their art. The overall winner will take home £1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to work towards a solo exhibition at Panter & Hall’s London gallery. Enter now. www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/aoty 2 DISCOVER Natural Treasures Take a seasonal stroll through the natural world with the expert guidance of botanical artist Elaine Searle. At this day-long masterclass at London’s House of Illustration on 17 November, you will explore making found treasures from the natural world using watercolour, graphite and items such as seed pods, dried leaves, pebbles and bird feathers. www.houseofillustration.org.uk 3 ENTER Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2019 Created in 2005 to encourage the best representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship, this…

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harold gilman: beyond camden town

17 November to 10 February 2019 This is the first significant exhibition of Gilman’s work since 1982. Bringing together paintings from both private collections as well as national institutions, it will reveal the innovation and pictorial power of an artist who died prematurely at the height of his powers. With his particular use of colour and paint, Gilman’s images offer a highly individual view of modern urban life. His work has a powerful presence and realism which explores people living in London during the First World War. Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. www.lakesidearts.org.uk HAROLD GILMAN, TEA IN THE BEDSITTER, 1916, KIRKLEES COLLECTION, HUDDERSFIELD ART GALLERY…