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Artists & Illustrators

Artists & Illustrators Summer 2018

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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Channelling the world’s luckiest number – seven – is one way to try to improve your art. But you don’t have to believe in superstitions to boost your skills – our Summer special issue is here to help, too. I’m sure this is the season when more paint gets put on canvas or paper than any other. Whether it’s down to the long days or the extra vitamin D, throwing yourself into painting adventures just feels like the right thing to do. After all, what can really go wrong when the sun is shining? To launch you on your creative path, we’ve asked some of our most popular contributors to set seven bitesize challenges (page 45) to help you boost your skills. You’ll find fun, fast projects to pique your interest…

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SCRAPBOOK INSPIRATION I have been transforming the drawings, notes and doodles from my research journal as an archaeologist into a purely artistic practice. Reading the ‘10 Minutes with Angie Lewin’ interview in your July edition (issue 392) was an inspiration, and reminded me of the fluid ‘scrapbook’ play of keeping a sketchbook. Her love of nature and how she expresses this through her art spoke to me because I draw on the wildflowers and green abundance in the Dorset hedgerows. As my practice grows, I will be keeping in mind Angie’s approach, so easily forgotten in a world that values constant innovation; using the techniques and tools she enjoys most, and drawing on old sketchbooks to inspire and develop new works. Wendelin Morrison, Dorset, via email write to us Send your letter or email to…

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mixed-media motivation

In the June edition (issue 391), I read with interest the letter by David Jessup about his experience relating to the therapeutic benefits of painting. I have not been feeling well over the last few weeks and have been suffering from a lack of motivation, including not feeling like creating any art. I also found out that, sadly, my friend’s mum had passed away during this time. This is where A&I came to the rescue. I was inspired by Áine Divine’s beautiful florals, in particular the mixed-media roses. I decided I would have a go at painting a card for my friend. I painted directly onto card without any under-drawing and used acrylic, oil pastel and soft pastel. Creating it helped me forget about my own situation for a while…

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10 reasons to join portfolio plus

1 SELL UNLIMITED ARTWORKS Upload as many images as you want and get seen by thousands of art-lovers every month. 2 WE TAKE NO COMMISSION When you sell a painting on Portfolio Plus, the money is all yours. More than 6,000 have been sold so far. 3 GET A PERSONALISED WEBPAGE Benefit from a unique web address and home page. 4 SIMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING Our set-up lets you quickly post images on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and send via Whatsapp and email. 5 JOIN THE PORTFOLIO PLUS FACEBOOK GROUP Chat, share tips and share your artwork with artists. 6 BE FEATURED IN FRESH PAINT Each issue, we interview a Portfolio Plus artist in the magazine. Turn to page 16 to read this month’s. 7 GET SELECTED IN OUR EDITOR’S PICK We showcase artwork via email to 50,000 art-lovers. 8 WIN A £50 VOUCHER…

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7 summer blockbuster shows

Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One As survivors picked up the pieces and tried to move on from the devastation of the Great War, artists, too, were forced to find new ways – and reasons – to make work. Their responses to the physical and psychological scars of war gave birth to art movements, such as Dada and Surrealism, while great painters such as Pablo Picasso and Winifred Knights retreated into classicism. One hundred years later, Tate Britain collects more than 150 works produced between 1916 and 1932 to explore the aftermath of war, with paintings tackling subjects as varied as Otto Dix’s social critiques on corruption in Germany and Henry Tonks’s medical pastel portraits of wounded soldiers. Until 23 September at Tate Britain, London SW1. Roderic O’Conor and the…

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7 summer schools

The Art Academy Improve your head-and-shoulder portraits and full-figure compositions at a fun and intensive Figure and Portrait Painting Masterclass from 6 to 10 August with tutor James Bland. Barnes Atelier The school’s intensive drawing programme, from 30 July to 24 August, features four week-long workshops: Drawing Fundamentals, Drawing from the Plaster Cast, Drawing the Portrait and Drawing the Nude. Each course can be booked individually or combined. Glasgow School of Art Develop observation skills with a week of experimental projects during the Drawing Expedition at the internationally renowned Scottish institution, from 16 to 20 July. LARA Learn draughtsmanship, paint-handling and sight-sizing on London Academy of Representational Art’s five- or ten-day drawing and painting summer schools in London or Bristol, from 2 to 13 July. Royal Drawing School Curate your own one- or two-week Drawing…