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Artists & Illustrators October 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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1 min.

Whether you are a royalist or a republican, it is safe to say that the face on this month's cover is probably one with which you are familiar. After all, The Queen's likeness forms part of our everyday lives, appearing everywhere from bank notes to postage stamps. Painting a face as famous as Her Majesty's may initially seem like a thankless task yet, as I hope you'll agree that our cover image and article on page 30 shows, artist Miriam Escofet has exceeded all expectations. The sheer luminance of her skin, the stately setting and the age appropriate depiction are all set to ensure this becomes a portrait for the ages, one that encourages us to reconsider a ubiquitous face anew. This after all is one of the many wonderful things about…

2 min.

BOLD ENCOURAGEMENT I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much I have enjoyed your magazine for the last seven years. The first issue I bought digitally was the February 2013 issue, which had a colourful still life painting from Terence Clarke. I was thrilled to see his Masterclass article where I could follow along with his painting process. Years later, I am happy to see he is still writing articles and sharing his process. I certainly enjoyed his “Exploring Extremes” article in the July 2020 issue. I love his use of bright colours and bold brushstrokes, and I really appreciate the way he encourages us to make adjustments and decisions until we love the painting. I am looking forward to seeing more of his work and instruction in the…

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roaring success

Many of us have used the current enforced time at home to practice our painting skills and I am sure many of us created some really great pieces of art and maybe a few not so great ones. But this time when we are so restricted at least gives us the opportunity to have another go. Also, it gives us time to read all the great articles in Artists & Illustrators and come away with an even bigger urge to pick up the brush. However, in the midst of the pandemic I couldn’t help but think of those who found this terrible time far less enjoyable and have suffered great hardships and terrible loss. But instead of just sympathising I decided to do something about it. So, via a local Facebook…

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1 NEWLYN SCHOOL INTERIORS Until 14 November Many of us have recently become better acquainted with the insides of our homes than we thought possible. So, it is perhaps a surprise to learn that the Newlyn School of Artists, famed for their en plein air paintings of Cornwall’s fishing communities, were more familiar with the indoors than is commonly realised. Proving artists such as Walter Langley, Frank Bramley and Elizabeth Forbes [above] were not solely inspired by the outdoors, these depictions inside local homes, sail lofts and schools also provide an insight into Victorian Newlyn. Don’t miss this last chance to see an exhibition whose original run was cancelled due to the pandemic. Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance. www.penleehouse.org.uk 2 LINES OF BEAUTY: MASTER DRAWINGS FROM CHATSWORTH 12 September to 1 November It’s often said that drawing…

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THE WAYS OF THE BRUSH Coombe Farm Studios co-founder PAUL RILEY on getting more from your tools 1 DRAWING The perceived way to start a watercolour painting is to draw it out in pencil, then fill in with paint. This approach denies you the opportunity to be creative. Try using a size 2 sable brush as a pencil instead. The tip is much finer than a sharpened pencil, plus you can draw in any colour or tone to suit your subject. 2 HANDLING Many people tend to grip a brush as though using a pen for writing. In actual fact holding a brush is an art form in itself. Your fingers should envelop the brush as if it were an egg nestled in the palm of your hand. The aim is to be free to…

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fresh paint

Teresa Lawler Having worked as a set designer for both BBC TV dramas and an Australian theatre company, Teresa Lawler has developed a keen understanding about staging and atmosphere. “Lighting can bring a set to life that would otherwise appear flat and uninteresting,” she explains. “The mood of the scene changes entirely depending on what and how it is lit. I approach my painting in a similar way, creating drama in a still image through the use of deep contrast and carefully controlled use of lighting and colour.” Her latest series of paintings, On the Far Edge of the City, feature mostly real landscapes that were found near her Surrey studio and rendered in cool blues and greens. Tucked away in each setting is a “haven” – an imaginary and contrasting piece…