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Artists & Illustrators December 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.
welcome to our old masters special

One of the wonderful things about art is that it has no age limits. You can make your first masterpiece, like my nephew, aged just 3, or you can continue to learn, develop and adapt at 100 years old. You're never too old to learn, but you can also learn plenty from the wisdom of elders and masters of years gone by. In this issue, our practical section is packed with exercises, demonstrations and techniques based on those of the Old Masters. You can learn how to sculpt forms like Paul Cézanne, create haunting portraits in the manner of John Singer Sargent and try your hand at three-colour drawings inspired by Renaissance techniques. We also pinpoint the successes of Lucian Freud's self-portraits and begin a new series of classical techniques with…

2 min.

CROWNING GLORIES I enclose a photograph of my recent still life painting. Your article on still life painting with Todd M Casey in the October edition [Issue 409] came at just the right time. I had been planning a still life painting using my late mother’s coronation memorabilia. In the article, Todd stressed the importance of lighting in still life and also that images should come together to suggest a story. This was a perfect approach for my project and got my creative thoughts flowing. The end result not only captured an age that has passed, but also I feel is symbolic of the present state of our nation. I have been painting since retirement and attending courses in Cumbria at Higham Hall, where a student gave me a copy of your magazine, which…

1 min.
treasured memories

I’m writing in response to a very moving letter in October’s issue [Issue 409] from Bob Nicolson in Randers, Denmark, and I would like to share a similar experience. After my husband died suddenly in 2015, I couldn’t find the motivation to go on with my hobby of drawing and painting or do anything creative. Then one dark, wet November afternoon while feeling sad, I sat down and sketched the chair where my husband used to sit: an old leather chair beside the fire, the cushions still bearing his imprint. As I drew, I became totally absorbed and many memories surfaced, so evocative that I could almost see him sitting there. It was very cathartic and after that there was no going back. This hobby kept me going through those earlier times…

2 min.

1 BRIDGET RILEY Until 26 January 2020 Inspired by the curves of Umberto Boccioni’s sculptures, London-born Op artist Bridget Riley first began experimenting with pattern in black and white when she moved to Venice in 1960. She later travelled the world taking inspiration from the different ways in which colour was used throughout, which fuelled the creation of her later, more vibrant works. This retrospective spans the 88-year-old artist’s career to date and comes filled with her graphic paintings that will likely play havoc with your eyes. Hayward Gallery, London 2 GAZE: PORTRAITS BY LORNA MAY WADSWORTH 9 November to 15 February 2020 Explore the famous sitters in portrait painter Lorna May Wadsworth’s 25-year career from Lady Margaret Thatcher to former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. In this retrospective the Sheffield-born artist’s colourful career is recounted via…

3 min.
sketch daily!

A working sketchbook is the place where you can experiment with ideas and take risks. It won’t stay in pristine condition and be full of “masterpieces”, but rather it should be battered, messy with use, and crammed with diverse images from mark-making experiments to developed drawings. Filled sketchbooks can provide you with a wealth of material to inspire new work and your drawings will transport you back to the sights, smells, sounds and emotions at the time and place where you first experienced them. 1 DEVELOP A HABIT Use your sketchbook as often as you can – daily if possible, if only for a five-minute sketch – so that the habit of drawing becomes part of your everyday life. 2 BE EXPERIMENTAL Explore a wide range of materials, make quick, loose sketches and longer,…

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payne’s grey

THE COLOUR Suitably for our Old Masters special, this potent, dark blue-grey tint was created by the Georgian watercolourist William Payne. THE PROPERTIES Most Payne’s Grey watercolours tend to dry several tones lighter than they appear wet. Colours vary more prominently between brands with Daler-Rowney’s version far darker and less blue than the Winsor & Newton alternative, for example. THE USES Payne created his signature tint by mixing Iron Blue, Yellow Ochre and Crimson Like, as he searched for a more complex shadow colour. Though it provokes a Marmite-esque, love-hate reaction among leading artists, it is useful for dark, wintry skies.…