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Artists & Illustrators February 2020

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.
how far will you go to make a great painting?

I’m always impressed by the lengths that some artists go to when they paint – both literally like the globe-trotting painting holiday tutors in our feature on page 22 or creatively in the case of the wonderful Roxana Halls and the elaborate guises she invents for each new self-portrait. The award for dedication must go to the paint manufacturer Michael Harding, however. During my research for our feature on Rembrandt’s early career, which starts on page 30, I came across Harding’s blog post online about recreating a Lead White pigment similar to the one that gives the Dutch master’s paintings that wonderful syrupy texture. It turns out that back in Rembrandt’s day, Lead White was created by “suspending lead over vinegar in a container and then burying [it] under horse dung”.…

2 min.

HOW FAR DO WE GO? I just love your magazine. There’s nothing like it in Sweden. I am so happy every month when I get my new issue of Artists & Illustrators. Nina Linder, via email Thank you, Nina. We love hearing from our readers around the world. Where else are we being read? FEELING LIBERATED I completely agree and sympathise with Nicky Rosser [Letters, Issue 412] who feels constrained in her art. I love botanical art, yet similarly was frustrated by the need for realism and precision. However, in adult education classes I have encountered a tutor who is open to many approaches – not forcing us in any particular direction, but giving us permission to experiment, and for me that has been liberating. Graeme Lyall, via email We’re glad you’ve found the right tutor Graeme.…

1 min.
a day to remember

Social media prompts us to share memories and I thought I’d share this one with you, as it is certainly one that I’ll never forget and some of your readers may wish to create their own in a similar fashion. To celebrate my 60th birthday, I decided a year in advance that I would curate my very own 60@sixty exhibition. I hired a room at our local gallery for just one day and invited friends to come along in the afternoon. Now I was committed to pulling it all together. I had a year to collate, finish and frame 60 pieces of work that I had done. It made my whole 60th year an exciting adventure. Having never put that side of myself out there, a lot of friends were quite surprised to…

2 min.

1 DRAWING EUROPE TOGETHER 5 February to 8 March Children’s book illustrators from across Europe come together in this heartfelt exhibition exploring the influence of the European Union’s shared history and the impact that Britain’s impending departure could have upon future generations. The exhibition features charismatic original and new works from big names, including Sir Quentin Blake and the late, great The Tiger Who Came to Tea illustrator Judith Kerr, that were compiled in a 2018 book with a foreword by Gruffalo co-creator Axel Scheffler. Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 2 TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND THE MASTERS OF MONTMARTRE 15 February to 26 May Immerse yourself in the riotous works of one of France’s most celebrated artists, as 80 rare lithographic posters on loan from the continent celebrate the original “street art” of turn-of-the-century Paris. As well as…

4 min.
better brushwork

1 WORK FROM LIGHT TO DARK A good watercolour painting requires planning. The most important thing to remember is that any highlights or lighter areas must be reserved from the start. Think carefully about where you want these to be. 2 BUILD LAYERS UP SLOWLY You needn’t apply your darkest colours at the first attempt. Develop darker shades by using multiple layers of colour. Allow each layer to dry before applying additional washes to produce a complex effect in which multiple colours shine through. 3 LET IT BLEED Make the most of the medium’s painterly qualities. Create ‘bloom’ effects by mixing a good amount of water in with your pigment and applying it to the paper. While it is still wet, add a second dilute colour to it. Manipulate the two colours to create subtle gradients and…

6 min.
fresh paint

Patrick Wilkins Kent-based artist Patrick Wilkins had only been an associate member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art for a couple of months when he scooped one of the top prizes at the society’s centenary exhibition, Draw 19, in October. His Foolish Handshake picture, rendered in coloured pencil, was selected to receive the Artists & Illustrators-sponsored Best in Show (Colour) award. Foolish Handshake is part of a series of atmospheric street scenes that he calls simply Pictures of England. The latest, Anything Could Happen, is a playful take on an everyday sight that many artists may have overlooked. “Anything Could Happen came about as I was standing in a car park in Ramsgate looking at what is basically the back of the town,” he says. “I liked the way roofs and…