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Artists & Illustrators January 2017

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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swap your paints for 2017

I’m going to let you in on a secret: I hate New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always thought: why begin the year under a cloud of guilt? But it turns out even guilty clouds can have a silver lining, because 2017 doesn’t have to be about giving something up, instead, it can be about trying something new. Are you a die-hard watercolourist who’s suddenly acrylic curious? Or an oil painter who wants to cross into the messy world of mixed media? Then this issue is for you. Looking to ‘new horizons’, we asked five artists to swap media and experiment with an unfamiliar paint. Find out how they did on page 46. Many reluctantly accepted our ‘paint swap’ challenge, but as you’ll discover, they soon got into the swing of things. Also…

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your letters

SHADE IN After exploring many techniques, painting murals and miniatures over the years, I still find there is nothing more satisfying than settling down with a sharp pencil and a hairy dog. This is Blue, [pictured below] a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a New Zealand Sheepdog, waiting patiently among the autumn leaves at a Falmouth open air market. Thank you for your far reaching and informative magazine, I look forward to its arrival every month. Lindsey Allen, via email THE CHALLENGE NEVER ENDS Re: 30 Autumn Painting Challenges, Issue 370 Following the challenge to ‘paint an autumn forest scene’ in your October edition, I submitted two paintings, which you kindly published in the December issue. I have had a go at challenge number nine, to paint movement. I like capturing movement, so when my nephew,…

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9 artistic things to do in january

1 ASHURST EMERGING ARTIST PRIZE There aren’t a great deal of prizes open to artists working in a diverse range of media, but this award offers just that. There is no restriction on age, training or nationality but this one is strictly aimed at emerging artists who have yet to break into the art world, so participants must not have exclusive representation with an existing gallery. Sponsored by Ashurst law firm, this competition offers a £3,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition for the winner. This year will also include The Ashurst Emerging Sculptor Prize of £1,000. Submissions close on 15 January 2017. Enter your work online at 2 STUDY Light and Shadow: Chiaroscuro Immerse yourself in the complexities of light and dark in this intensive workshop with artist Andy Pankhurst at the Royal…

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LONDON Coralie Bickford-Smith Until 29 January Discover how the best-selling book The Fox and the Star was produced, including original illustrations, proofs and sketches. William Morris Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans Until 29 January Satirical and macabre expressionist works inspired by traditional Belgian carnival masks from little known 19th-century artist, James Ensor. Royal Academy of Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion 28 January to 23 April A look at why radical artists and writers were drawn to the hills, seaside resorts and villages of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century. Two Temple War in Sunshine 13 January to 19 March 2017 A selection of 75 rarely shown drawings and photographs revealing the little-known role of British forces in Italy during the First World War. Estorick Paul Nash Until 5 March 2017 Discover the surreal and mystical side of…

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fresh paint

KATIE BUCKETT The genre of hyperreal painting tends to divide opinion in the art world, but London-based artist Katie Buckett has never let this cloud her ambitious painting style. “I decided long ago to not pay too much attention to antagonistic art critics when I was one of the only realist painters in an art school. But I will say that studying light isn’t a bad way of studying life. If you’re a purveyor of ideas, truth is your biggest ally,” she says. Working on a larger-than-life scale, she creates portraits of friends and family that blend elements of photorealism with a surreal distortion. Reimagining her subjects with exaggerated limbs and swan-like necks, she creates a hall-of-mirrors vision of their likeness on the canvas. Katie moved from Brooklyn to London five years…

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judge & jury

THE JUDGES The Portrait Artist of the Year judges include English portrait painter Tai Shan Schierenberg, art historian and broadcaster Kate Bryan and curator Kathleen Soriano, with Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell presenting. The show helps viewers step inside the artistic process as portraits are made before their eyes, with painters working against the clock. The judges select those who will progress to the semi-finals, and thankfully they know a thing or two about great painting. Here they share their thoughts on the work of three of the show’s contestants. KIMBERLY KLAUSS Born in the USA, this emerging artist quit her career in graphic design to pursue painting in 2014, and now resides in London TAI SHAN SCHIERENBERG “Apart from their choice of colour, the way a painter applies his or her paint is very much…