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Artists & Illustrators

Artists & Illustrators Art Student 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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in this issue

5 min.
way of seeing

1 Sargy Mann: Let It Be Felt That the Painter Was There 9 November to 9 February 2020 The late and long-neglected British painter Sargy Mann seems to be having something of a moment of late. Ex-pupil Chantal Joffe curated a collection of his late paintings at the Royal Drawing School earlier this year, award-winning author Olivia Laing featured in a symposium on his work, and now comes this rare retrospective – the largest public display of his work to date. Born in 1937, Mann studied under Frank Auerbach and Euan Uglow. He developed cataracts at the age of 36 and was declared officially blind years later. While his teaching career subsequently ended, his ability to conjure vivid scenes in undulating false colours only excelled further and he developed an interest in neuroaesthetics.…

6 min.
showing up

About seven years ago, I was asked to speak at a conference for creative entrepreneurs. The woman who ran the conference was an acquaintance I’d known socially in San Francisco, where I lived at the time. I used to run into her at nearly every event around town, from book signings to art shows to fundraisers for various causes. When she introduced me to the audience at the conference, she said the thing she most admired about me was that I “showed up.” It was the first time I noticed anyone describing me this way. The compliment made me feel good, but it also caused me to want to explore this idea of showing up. I began thinking about it a lot. What did that mean exactly? And what were all…

4 min.
open minds

There are more freelancers than in any other time in history. In the past few years alone, there has been an extraordinary boom in the self-employed, remote-working, hot-desking culture. The chances are that, if you are going into the creative industries, you will at some point be working as a freelancer – and if you’re going to be an illustrator that chance is even higher. Freelancing brings huge opportunities an benefits it it-You can wear what you want, keep the hours you want, not have to bother with the office politics of who drank your milk and importantly be accountable only to yourself. But there is another side to freelancing: you are often working alone, pitching for work (and, by necessity being rejected), there will be days where you literally talk to…

1 min.
seeking help

•NHS If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem, you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. Locate your nearest GP at If you are in distress, need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E. •Samaritans She Samaritans offers emotional support in full confidence, 24 hours a day. Call free on 116 123 or email •Rethink For advice on different types of therapy and medication, benefits, debts, money issues, mental health rights and more, call 0300 5000 927 Monday to Friday, 10/am to 2pm. •Shout If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, text Shout to 85258. Shout offers help with suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, relationship challenges and more. •Mind Mind offers answers…

2 min.
great exposure

Open SSA+VAS Deadline: 30 September 2019 Visual Arts Scotland and the Society of Scottish Artists have joined forces to stage the biggest show of contemporary art in Scotland for a second time. Enter for the chance to feature in the Edinburgh exhibition and win a range of prizes. RBSA Next Wave 2020 Deadline: 2 October 2019 This biennial mentoring programme is targeted at early-career artists based in the West Midlands. Winners receive support for everything from finding a studio to achieving financial sustainability, while also appearing in a February exhibition. The de Laszlo Foundation Prize Deadline: 29 November 2019 An artist aged 35 or under will take home the de Laszlo Medal and £1,500 for painting the best work from life as part of the Royal Society of British Artists’ 2020 exhibition. www.royalsocietyofbritish BP Portrait Award Deadline:…

2 min.
5 brushing up

1 Looking at Art with Alex Katz Like an extended episode of The Met’s Artist Project – well worth a watch online at – this slim, yet engaging book sees the veteran painter offer a guided tour of the work of almost 100 favourite artists. A rather personal series of bite-size observations and critiques accompany each piece, as Katz claims Renoir is “one of the premier peach painters” thanks to his skill depicting fruit, while hantal offe makes art that is “alive”, despite her technique being dismissed. Eccentric and inspiring, this is a fascinating insight into how an artist looks at art. Laurence King, £14.99. 2 The Gift by Lewis Hyde First published in 1983 and now subtitled “How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World”, The Gift isn’t about visual arts specifically, yet it…