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Artists & Illustrators July 2020

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.

Art is a soothing balm and pleasant distraction in uncertain times. In between pulling together this issue from my makeshift kitchen office, I’ve been painting the plants on my windowsill, swooning over old Matisse exhibition catalogues, framing new prints, reading Olivia Laing’s Funny Weather, and listening to Peter Keegan and Laura Boswell’s Ask An Artist podcast. What artistic delights have you been enjoying? Please write and share your recommendations! Of course, the lockdown means studio visits are off the cards for now, so our “In The Studio” slot is replaced this month with a BP Portrait Award special, looking in depth at the three artworks shortlisted for this year’s competition. Our interviews were completed before the results were announced, so upon hearing Jiab Prachakul had won, I emailed to congratulate her.…

2 min.

YOUNG AT ART I’ve been subscribing to your magazine for three years now and can hardly wait for its arrival on the doormat every month. It really keeps me on track and helps motivate me when so many things in life make it difficult to focus on our own creative work. As a schoolteacher of infant classes, I've written and attempted to illustrate my own stories and thoroughly enjoyed your recent interview with Quentin Blake. I am always looking for hints and tips from the greats of children's illustration. I wonder whether you would be able to interview a few others? Gwen Bowie, via email Thanks for your email, Gwen. Turn to page 20 for our special on illustrating for kids with Robyn Wilson-Owen and Allison Colpoys. AT HOME IN WATER I really enjoyed reading this…

1 min.
blooming indoors

You asked in your June edition for readers to tell you what we are doing during lockdown. My painting buddy Philippa, who lives next door, and I have joined Roos Schuring’s challenge to paint 20 floral paintings in 30 days. Normally, when the sun is shining and the air warm, we would be out and about painting en plein air in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, but coronavirus has put paid to all that and so we joined this challenge to keep us active, painting and sharing experiences, albeit at the correct social distance! We decided that, rather than stack these paintings in our studios, we would sell them to our friends and neighbours in our village to raise money for our beleaguered NHS charities, a small token of our appreciation for…

4 min.

SHARE YOUR ART Our Portfolio Plus service is a great way for you to reach a whole new audience during lockdown Did you know Artists & Illustrators has an exciting online community of more than 20,600 readers who currently share their art? What’s more, for as little as the price of a coffee, you can join our Portfolio Plus scheme and sell your artwork commission-free to more than 100,000 monthly visitors to the site. “I was really pleased to make a sale within two months of putting my first work on the site,” said Portfolio Plus member David Jessup. “Since then I have had several more sales, but, more importantly, I have received four really good commissions as a result of this exposure.” Follow the six easy steps opposite and sign up for your…

6 min.
fresh paint

Esiri Erheriene-Essi There’s a wonderful nostalgia to the paintings of Esiri Erheriene-Essi. She scours everything from flea markets to museum archives for her source material, as she searches for “something very specific that captures my attention and activates my imagination”. Her interest in harnessing the power of history stems back to her BA in Media Studies at the University of East London, reading the essays of James Baldwin. “He talked a lot about history and how reading the words of others that had come before him made him feel less alone and I guess that always stayed with me,” she says. Her focus is on imagery from the African diaspora and her aim is to “not just to document the world as it is” but rather “depict the world as I want…

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portfolio plus

Every month, one of our Fresh Paint artists is chosen from Portfolio Plus, our online, art-for-sale portal. For your chance to feature in a forthcoming issue, sign up for your own personalised Portfolio Plus page today. You can also: • Showcase, share and sell unlimited artworks commission free • Get your work seen across Artists & Illustrators’ social media channels • Submit art to our online exhibitions • Enjoy exclusive discounts and more Sign up in minutes at www.artistsand illustrators.co.uk/register…