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Artists & Illustrators

Artists & Illustrators October 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.
brian skol

Mental is the next series of works I'm starting that address mental health in general and my personal experiences in living with and having mental health disorders. I hope my experiences and the work I create from that are able to help others who might not have anything or anyone to relate to. Shedding light on mental health with art can hopefully encourage a much needed dialogue, not only about the issues themselves, but also being open enough to talk about them in the first place. Life Drawing using two sticks of Nitram Charcoal at the same time. To see this fantastic video go to: www.youtube.com/NitramCharcoal or scan the QR code It was after seeing what kind of artistic communities were in Chicago, I decided to move there, but not before commuting…

1 min.
make rapid progress in the outdoors

The fleeting British summer will soon be a memory. But after reading my interview with this year’s Pintar Rapido winner Adam Ralston (page 30), you’re sure to be inspired to make the most of what’s left of the mild weather. His plein air paintings will put a smile on your face (who doesn’t want to see Postman Pat and Frosties cereal packets as subject matter?) Plus, he has some very helpful advice for painting your way through that inevitable summer downpour. We’re also keeping the autumn at bay with our watercolour special. It’s a medium wonderfully well suited to working en plein air, and Ray Balkwill’s roundup of essential techniques (page 46), Aine Divine’s free-spirited portrait masterclass (page 42) and Sandrine Maugy’s guide to the choosing brushes (page 52) should…

2 min.
your letters

A TRUE CLASSIC Re: Down to a fine art, issue 382, September 2017 I am not usually a fan of modern realist painting. Although I can admire the skill, I often find the style tight, soulless and glossy, which I find hard on the eyes. However, Benjamin Sullivan has cut through all this with his astonishing painting Breech! He has captured the archetype of mother and child with tremendous skill, sensitivity and love in this raw, earthy image. Also, it is a painting in which one can keep finding new aspects to delight: the baby’s hand so accurately placed on the mother’s breast, the painting materials in the background and the beautifully painted hands. In my opinion, this painting belongs alongside the greatest of the classical painters. Carolyn Smith, via email Benjamin is sure to be…

1 min.
social scene

Simple ways to step up your pastel techniques. The Pastel Society’s Sarah Bee explains why using acrylics, charcoal and gesso can help you get the most out of your pastel art... Rhoda Hamer: There are no rules – eg, I create a colourful variegated pastel background and then draw over it with black pen or charcoal with some some amazing results. Emma Boitoult@duckard12 @AandImagazine My new painting of a beautiful Rottie named Shylo. Let us know what you think of Artists & Illustrators magazine and share your painting projects with us at the contacts below... @AandImagazine ArtistsAndIllustrators AandImagazine AandImagazine…

3 min.
9 artistic things to do in october

1 WATCH LOVING VINCENT Mix a passion for art and film this month with a visit to see Loving Vincent – the world’s first fully painted film – at cinemas from 13 October. Every one of the movie’s 65,000 frames has been oil-painted by a professional to tell the heartwrenching story of Vincent van Gogh’s demise in the style of his paintings. The film took years to complete with new techniques needing to be developed and actors, including Douglas Booth and Helen McCrory, first shooting live action sequences, which were then hand-painted by a team of more than 100 artists. Unmissable. www.lovingvincent.com 2 ENTER Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual exhibition call for entries The prestigious RBA Exhibition is now accepting submissions for its 2018 showcase. For your chance to take part, enter your…

5 min.

LONDON 50 Years of Children’s Books 6 October 2017 to 4 March 2018 Work from Quentin Blake and lifelong collaborator John Yeoman. House of Illustration.www.houseofillustration.org.uk Bomberg 21 October 2017 to 4 February 2018 A major reassessment of the life and career of Whitechapel Boy David Bomberg. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.www.pallant.org.uk Canaletto and the Art of Venice Until 12 November 2017 The famous painter’s most spectacular views displayed alongside his contemporaries. The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.www.royalcollection.org.uk Dalí / Duchamp 7 October 2017 to 3 January 2018 Two of the 20th century’s most famous artists in exclusive dialogue. Royal Academy of Arts. www.royalacademy.org.uk El Greco to Goya – Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum 27 September 2017 to 7 January 2018 The first London exhibition of the collection. The Wallace Collection. www.wallacecollection.org Fahrelnissa Zeid Until 8 October 2017 Islamic styles combined with Western abstraction.…