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Artists & Illustrators October 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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in this issue

1 min.

With the children back at school and the heat dying down after a busy summer of activity, I always think this time of year is ripe for a little bit of quiet contemplation: taking stock, breathing out, tidying the studio, and asking yourself a few of life's bigger questions. Still life painting has always struck me as the ideal genre to tackle when you are in this sort of mood. Picking out meaningful objects and arranging them until they are “just so” is a simple yet satisfying pursuit and I'm hugely honoured to be able to introduce the work of a few contemporary still life masters in this month's issue. Todd M Casey stresses that there are no rules and his dramatic oil paintings are composed with real intuition as he…

3 min.

I HERD A GREAT IDEA Like so many others every day, I have suffered a severe loss in my life. As I was no longer able to look after my wife who has severe dementia, I had to move her to a home, where I visit her each day. At the same time, I wanted to return to painting regularly, but have been unable to pull myself together to do so. For over a month now, I have been in and out of my painting room, trying unsuccessfully to get started on something. Then yesterday, while out cycling in the nearby countryside, I found a way to get restarted, a way that other people in a similar situation may find helpful: cow croquis [quick sketching]. I found that there are very good…

1 min.
never too late

I am writing this email and enclosing my most recent pieces of artwork to encourage people that it doesn’t matter how late in life you start to draw, that anything is possible. I am 49 years young and first picked up a pencil to draw four years ago having not drawn before. I practise when I can and enter my pictures onto various Facebook sites to gain recognition but besides that, am unsure of where to go first. I would dearly love to become a recognised artist, but I know that there are so many truly talented artists out there. Any help and advice would be extremely appreciated and thank you for looking at my pictures. Tracey Ashcroft, Surrey…

2 min.

1 ALAN DAVIE AND DAVID HOCKNEY: EARLY WORKS 19 October to 19 January 2020 Alan Davie’s first solo exhibition took place in 1958 in the Wakefield Art Gallery; in attendance was a young David Hockney, then a student at Bradford College of Art. Inspired by Davie’s dismissal of figurative painting, Hockney went on to develop his own gestural work seeing the emergence of a colourful new form of abstraction. This exhibition traces parallels in the two artist’s early careers. Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire www.hepworthwakefield.org 2 CÉZANNE AT THE WHITWORTH Until 1 March 2020 Matisse and Picasso called Paul Cézanne “the father of us all”. The esteemed draughtsman took inspiration from the Old Masters whom he studied extensively, and this process of reference and reflection forms the central theme of an exhibition that delves into a collection…

4 min.
helping hand

1 THINK IN TERMS OF ‘MITTENS’ For a very quick sketch, rather than leave out the extremities all together, see the arrangement of the hand as a blocky shape, and even if the fingers are splayed, pretend they are in a mitten, albeit a stretched one. Depict the thumb as separate, as in a mitten. This is a perfectly adequate option for a quick pose – it is preferable to have something simple and well-formed than something developed but inaccurate. 2 ADD TONE TO PROVIDE DEFINITION The next step to breaking down the hand shape is to create construction lines that correspond to the joints. This will give an indication of the position of the fingers within the mitten shape. If you have time to add some basic tone, you will create a convincing three-dimensional…

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alizarin crimson

THE COLOUR This intense, blue-leaning deep red is based upon madder, a natural dye that was first used in ancient Egypt and later picked up by artists such as JMW Turner and even Queen Victoria was a fan. THE PROPERTIES Chemically identical to natural madder pigment, Alizarin Crimson is based on the PR83 pigment which always scores poorly on lightfastness tests. Try Quinacridone Magenta or Perylene Maroon for more permanent alternatives. THE USES Despite these reservations, Alizarin Crimson is a staple of many art school colour lists and its staining quality means it mixes well with transparent and opaque pigments alike. Colourman Michael Harding also notes that Alizarin Crimson’s “cool, rather smoky hues” are “well suited for Caucasian flesh” mixes.…