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Artists & Illustrators February 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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painting the past and the future

You have probably already noticed that this is a special issue of Artists & Illustrators. This month, the magazine is celebrating its 400th outing. It’s been making it way on to the newsstands and doormats every four weeks since 1986. And it’s going strong – even growing – and that’s quite an achievement in these tricky times for print media. To mark the occasion, I took some time out to chat to our regular contributors about their relationship with the magazine, and how it’s impacted on their art. They had plenty to say. Turn to page 19 to read their thoughts. It also felt right to focus on the future, as well as the past. In this spirit, I sent Rosemary Waugh out into the art world to track down some…

1 min.
what a revelation

I read Penny Kaufman’s letter in the December magazine (issue 398), and had to write to say that I wholeheartedly agree. Having been plagued by health problems for the last few years, dabbling in watercolour has been a wonderful way to relieve the worry. I am just getting started, so my work isn’t ready for public consumption, but the desire to get better, and the pleasure that I find in making small breakthrough gives me something to look forward to every day. Martin Mundy, Cardiff, via email…

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how i made… red house

Portfolio Plus member TONY COWLAND on how he made his winning artwork I painted this view near my studio using marble paste applied to a sketch on board overpainted with warm acrylic colours. I then switched to oils, with the sky and dark areas applied first. Light tones were drybrushed over darks, allowing underpainted areas to show through, with the texture providing an illusion of detail. I also used scumbling, tonking, fingernail scratching and wet-in-wet, using a variety of brushes from bristle to rigger. When it comes to landscapes, I use every dirty trick I possibly can. • See more of Tony’s art • 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 28 January.…

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social scene

Talking point: How do you decide when a painting is finished? Isabel Dyer: Usually when I’ve ignored my instinct to stop, but carry on tweaking until I realise I’ve gone too far. Regular photos can help identify the problem before it’s much too late. Jeff Gatewood: When you get your point across, she’s finished. Janneke Booister: Most of the time the painting itself decides when it’s finished. Sometimes, if I’m in doubt, I ask someone else to look at my painting and I accept most of the suggestions that are given. Pat Wilson: I think it’s the hardest decision to make. Angela Carol Robertson: It’s finished when you’ve painted all the bits you wanted to paint and it looks like what you wanted it to look like. Donna Thomas: I think it’s just before you think…

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9 artistic things to do in february

1 YOUNG PICASSO The artist is one of the most famous names in history, yet few know the remarkable story of his rise. From 5 February, Exhibition on Screen’s latest offering, Young Picasso, provides an indepth look at his life and traces the artist’s path to greatness, with insights from historians, curators, letters from friends and lovers, and Picasso’s grandson, Olivier. Young Picasso is showing at picturehouses across the country, visit the website to find a local screening. 2 SUBMIT Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2019 Express how you see yourself in a self-portrait and submit it to this exciting prize before 2 April. The winner will be awarded £10,000 at the exhibition in May at Piano Nobile, London. The call is open to all artists – not just portraitists – who have lived,…

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LONDON Lorenzo Lotto Portraits Until 10 February Reveals the symbolism and psychological depth of the artist’s work. National Gallery. Gainsborough’s Family Album Until 3 February More than 50 portraits by the 18th-century master painter. National Portrait Gallery. Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna Until 3 February See rare and fragile drawings by the two great artists. Royal Academy of Arts. Good grief, Charlie Brown! Until 3 March See original drawings of Snoopy and other beloved cartoon characters. Somerset House. Edward Burne-Jones Until 24 February The first major London retrospective of Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones in more than 40 years. Tate Britain. Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 Until 3 March Features more than 40 original paintings, displayed together for the first time in a century. National Army Museum. Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 Until 24 February Showcases…