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Artists & Illustrators January 2019

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.
find your inspiration in the everyday

As the adage goes, genius is 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration. This month, we’re here to help galvanise your art with a dose of both. Our 18-page practical painting guide kicks off with Martin Kinnear’s 31 ways – one for each day of January – to boost your skills (page 45). These quick tips take in both perspiration and inspiration, from what colour smock to wear while painting to how to observe the landscape like an artist. Terence Clarke also takes a thoroughly practical look at how best to understand and capture the moment of revelation before turning it into a satisfying artwork (page 54). These flashes of creativity are often talked about in highfalutin terms. But, as both our featured artists this month attest, inspiration is…

1 min.
how i made... his ideas

Gestures of thinking are conveyed by instinctive movements: the unconscious path of a hand, the pressure against skin. Painted with a palette knife, the linear marks add an atmosphere of energy to a quiet portrait to express the physicality of thinking. See more of Alexandra’s art at • To find out the next Editor's Pick theme and enter for the chance to win £50 voucher from Cass Art, visit before 11.59pm on 10 December.…

1 min.
inspiration explained

Dispirited by my efforts on a painting at an alla prima oil painting workshop, I arrived home wondering whether I should give up altogether. Then I saw, on the doormat, that my Artists & Illustrators (December 2018, issue 398) had arrived. I was, perhaps, not in the mood to open the wrapper. Fortunately, I did open my magazine and after reading two pieces in the 'Master Techniques' section my spirits lifted. Mark Evans on Constable's Skies and what we can learn from his sketches and diaries was excellent. It rang a huge bell with me. Mark's writing and illustrations renewed my recent intention to improve the skies in my landscapes. And then Jake Spicer's article on the lessons we artists can learn from exploring the interior studies of Gwen John. So…

3 min.
9 artistic things to do in january

1 LONDON ART FAIR Explore what the current art market has to offer at this popular showcase of some of the most exceptional modern and contemporary art, from prints and editions to major works by internationally renowned artists. Head to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London N1, from 16 to 20 January to check it out. 2 DRAW Wild Life Drawing: Aerial Predators Meet and draw some exquisite birds of prey, including Harris Hawks, Lanner Falcons and Barn Owls, on 26 January at Carousel, London. You will learn about their anatomy and unique characteristics in order to create beautiful and accurate sketches of these remarkable aerial predators. 3 LEARN Life Drawing and Portraiture Explore mark-making, drawing and visualisation through accessible short and longer poses on this week-long course starting on 27 January at the…

6 min.

LONDON Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet To Cézanne Until 20 January 2019 A major display of some of the Courtauld’s most inspiring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. National Gallery. Mantegna and Bellini Until 27 January 2019 This exhibition follows the artists’ respective careers as two of the most influential painters of the Renaissance. National Gallery. Gainsborough’s Family Album Until 3 February 2019 Featuring more than 50 portraits by the 18th-century master painter. National Portrait Gallery. Bill Viola/Michelangelo 26 January to 31 March 2019 See works by two artists who, despite being born centuries apart, explore similar themes. Royal Academy of Arts. Edward Burne-Jones Until 24 February 2019 The blockbuster exhibition is the first major London retrospective of the late Pre-Raphaelite painter in more than 40 years. Tate Britain. The Enchanted Garden Until 27 January 2019 Discover how William Morris’…

5 min.
fresh paint

Brett Humphries Everyone loves the classic summer food combination, so the subject was an obvious choice for this painter, who has been gaining a reputation for his detailed still lifes. Like all his exquisite studies of light, form and space, Strawberries and Cream required a strong focus on the design stage. “Because my paintings take so long to produce I have to be sure of the composition before I commit to pencil and paint,” says Brett. This work took four weeks from buying the fruit to completed painting, with the first week involving work on the composition, the photoshoot and preparing the surface, and the remaining three weeks painting. “I use a very accurate outline drawing of all the objects and this acts as a guide throughout the painting process,” adds the…