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Artists & Illustrators June 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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1 min.
get creative in the open air

The British summer certainly isn’t something that can be relied on to deliver long, sun-drenched days in which to luxuriate in painting light-filled landscapes. But, for those of you who delight in working en plein air, that’s often the point. Trying to capture rapidly changing light, sudden showers and wandering clouds is part of the challenge, alongside struggling to suggest the magisterial beauty of the countryside. In our 10-page outdoor painting guide (page 52), two great artists share their secrets to success so you can make creative use of the summer months, whatever weather they bring. And that’s just part of our jam-packed, 100-page special issue. We also take you on an in-depth tour of the illustration scene (page 26) with 11 pages of insight, tips and tricks of the trade…

1 min.
your letters

SAVING PAINTINGS Spring cleaning around my studio gives me an opportunity to go over my old artworks and gather all the unfinished – as well as badly finished – paintings. I feel these left behind works still have potential, so I’m going to try to save some. This is done in two major steps: first, like a doctor I examine the painting in order to diagnose it. I define what exactly is not working. Next, I come up with a plan – a creative solution – and I apply it on the painting. The images here are ‘before’ and ‘after’ of my watercolour, Be My Guest. The before image shows the painting, done with a limited palette, lacked energy and looked cold. The after image shows how the right treatment – adding bold…

1 min.
back to work with churchill

I loved drawing and painting when I was younger – I come from a family of artists. At school they labelled me with dyslexia, but I was good at art, and it was my love and passion. Then I left school and went straight into the building trade and art was left behind. This is the first painting that I have done since I left school. I am 32 years old, and have not even picked up a pencil to draw. I painted this because I have been reading about Churchill and the brave people who gave their lives to give us a better life today. I am hoping to get the work into a gallery or auction it. Then with the money that the picture sells for, I will donate…

2 min.
9 artistic things to do in june

1 NATIONAL OPEN ART COMPETITION 2017 With the deadline for entries to the 21st National Open Art Competition – a diverse contemporary prize for emerging UK and Irish talent – looming on 9 July 2017, June is the month to put the finishing touches to your amazing entries and get sending. www.nationalopenart.org 2 TALK Art in Focus If you’re milling around on London’s Millbank, drop in to Tate Britain on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays between 1 and 30 June for a free talk on a classic work. This month, it’s Sir Stanley Spencer’s Swan Upping in Cookham. www.tate.org.uk 3 ENTER Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2017 If you’re an oil painter, June is the month to focus on your most precious project as open submissions to prestigious the Royal Institute of Oil Painters…

5 min.

LONDON Queer British Art, 1861-1967 Until 1 October 2017 Chart the seismic shifts in gender and sexuality through great works of art. Tate Britain. www.tate.org.uk Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave 25 May to 13 August 2017 Experience the beautiful and sublime work of one of Japan’s greatest artists. British Museum. www.britishmuseum.org Michelangelo & Sebastiano Until 25 June 2017 See collaborations from the Renaissance masters which sparked a 25-year partnership. The National Gallery. www.nationalgallery.org.uk RA Summer Exhibition 2017 13 June to 20 August 2017 The annual show represents the best of what is happening in the art world right now. The Royal Academy of Arts.www.royalacademy.org.uk Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends Until 18 June 2017 The first exhibition of portraits by the late artist. National Portrait Gallery. www.npg.org.uk BP Portrait Prize 2017 22 June to 24 September 2017 An highlight of the art calendar, see who made the grade in this…

6 min.
fresh paint

IAN ROBINSON This London-based photorealist artist uses paint to chart his obsessions. And since he first painted his record stack as a private musical memento to take with him when he moved to London, Ian’s work has grown to encompass other people’s passion projects, too. Today, he creates still lifes of book collections, such as Horniman Anthropology. Moving to study at University of the Arts London and, later, Wimbledon College of Art, he “began to make a connection with museum collections in study rooms.” This painting is a personal response to the subject; an attempt to capture the spirit of the books and the person who collected them. “A lot of preparation goes into layout and composition,” says Ian. He studied them at the Horniman Museum, the former home of the eponymous…