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Artists & Illustrators

Artists & Illustrators March 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.
never meet your heroes? i draw a line there...

Whoever first said "never meet your heroes" clearly never had the pleasure of being introduced to Sir Quentin Blake. I've been lucky to meet him several times, including for this month's cover feature, and he never disappoints. Remarkably, it was the day after his 87th birthday when we sat down on his office sofa, which is decorated with his own illustrations, yet despite his age he retains a sense of child-like wonder when talking about art and he seems positively overjoyed at still having the chance to draw what he likes every day. It is rare that the "hero" tag is justified but, for millions of people, Sir Quentin's scratchy, expressive ink-and-wash drawings are their first exposure to art. I still remember endless afternoons spent sat cross-legged on the carpet of…

2 min.

HOW FAR DO WE GO, PART 2 Happy New Year! I am writing this on a blissfully beautiful day and looking out my window I can see the north shore of Bermuda, which is Cobalt Blue with a horizon of Ultramarine. For renewed inspiration I turn to my Artists & Illustrators magazines. The pile is somewhat slimmer than usual as my students “borrow” the publication to read the excellent articles as they look for renewed inspiration, too. Here we are, this tiny island of Bermuda in the middle of the Atlantic bathed in sunlight and colour; truly an artist’s paradise. I wonder if your editorial staff has ever considered featuring Bermuda and our distant neighbours, the islands of the Caribbean? Bermuda is not truly in the Caribbean but rather the Atlantic. However, there’s…

1 min.
a room of one’s own

I have been painting in watercolours for many years now. Recently though I have decided to take the plunge and also learn to paint using oils. Now here is the thing: painting in watercolours at the dining room table is fine, but with oils that is a different matter. I rent where I live and would be fearful of making a mess, so this got me thinking. How could I find somewhere affordable that I could use as a studio where I could make a mess and it would never be catastrophic? What do other artists do? I would love to see a series of articles about how different artists have set up and organised the spaces where they work. Through Open Studios events in the summer, I have been lucky…

2 min.

1 BARNETT FREEDMAN: DESIGNS FOR MODERN BRITAIN 14 March to 14 June As a prominent commercial designer in the mid-20th century, Barnett Freedman’s charismatic works featured everywhere from pubs and post offices to film studios and the London tube. Freedman trained at the Royal College of Art alongside Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, sharing something of their mid-century style. This first major reappraisal of his work since 1958 shows the shifts in his style, including his stint as an official war artist during the Second World War. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. 2 AUBREY BEARDSLEY 4 March to 25 May The career of Aubrey Beardsley was cut short when the Victorian author and illustrator succumbed to tuberculosis in 1898 aged just 25, but his output was nevertheless prolific and his black-and-white drawings were held in high…

4 min.
canvas opinion

1 Stretched or rolled? For many artists starting out, a stretched canvas is the easiest way to get painting. However, if you want to create a picture in an unusual format or have greater control over the paint surface, consider buying canvas off a roll. When calculating the size, don’t forget to allow plenty of overlap to go around the bars at the back. 2 Cotton or linen? These are the two main types of artist’s canvas on the market. Linen is more expensive and harder to stretch, but it was the choice for many Old Masters as it is far more durable thanks to its stiffness and longer fibres. Cotton by contrast is the more economical option, while also being easier to stretch. 3 What weight of canvas do you need? The weight of a…

5 min.
fresh paint

Andrew Eadington For novice artists, the complications of working with oil paint can prove a testing obstacle, but for Andrew Eadington it’s a welcome opportunity to get his hands dirty. “Oil paint is definitely my medium,” he says with relish. “I enjoy the geeky complexity of the different drying times and transparencies, and also the thought of all these artists through history struggling in their own unique ways to deal with this weird stuff.” He first fell for the medium after buying his first tube of paint, a Venetian Red from Old Holland. Taken aback by the strength of the pigment, he realised colour was something he wanted to explore in depth, and his research certainly seems to have paid off. His latest figurative painting, The Letter was one of the highlights…