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Artists & Illustrators December 2016

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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drawing with feeling

You often hear of people being moved to tears by a film, or a song, and maybe even the odd bit of verse, but welling up over a drawing? That’s a rarity, and yet the work of Raymond Briggs seems to have that effect on people. Working in graphite pencil and pencil crayons, Raymond conjures real human emotion and enhances every feeling with his free and expressive line work. His books, Father Christmas and The Snowman, among others, are a part of our culture and, much to Raymond’s chagrin, mean he is forever associated with Christmas. On page 18, we look back on his extraordinary life and work. In the spirit of ‘honest art’, James Bland explores how to bring openness and imagination into a painting, on page 76. Also in…

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your letters

THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE RE: 30 autumn projects, issue 370 I am not sure if these paintings are acceptable for the ‘30 years’ challenge in celebration of Artists & Illustrators as they were painted last autumn, but I wanted to share them with you. [The image above, right] was painted after visiting Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire last year. I was inspired by the autumn leaf colours. Painted in pastel chalks, I wanted to capture the colours of the leaves, enhanced by the dappled sunlight. Autumn Colours on the River Severn [above left] was inspired while visiting Attingham Park, Atcham, near Shrewsbury, on a beautiful sunny October day where, on the banks the Severn, the silver birch trees were enhanced by the blue sky in the background. Stephen Evans, via email Here is my attempt at project number…

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the next step

Re: Your Letters, Issue 330 In recalling Issue 330 when this magazine printed my letter re: Plein Air Challenge, I’ve been surprised by how far my friend Lynn Barlam and I have moved on in three years. Lynn has written a series of children’s stories, which I’ve illustrated, using as inspiration the scenes and characters we meet in our daily life. Your regular articles highlighting children’s illustrators have proved informative and inspiring for us. We were delighted when, at the exhibition of our first illustrated story Grandma and the Ginger Cat [on Tilos, a Greek island], the local teachers asked for a digital copy of English and Greek versions as a learning aid. For our second book Grandma and the Egg Hunt, a digital version has been given a voice-over by a local…

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9 artistic things to do in december

1 SKETCH 2017 The sketchbook is the cornerstone of many great artists’ work, and the SKETCH 2017 Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize will select 100 sketchbooks for a national touring exhibition. For a chance to be included in the SKETCH 2017 show, register your sketchbook for online submission by 28 February 2017. www.sketchopen.co.uk 2 SHOP Christmas at the Mill Enjoy a carbooty Islington Mill style as the Manchester arts hub hosts a day of shopping, food, drink and performances. Artists and designers will have their work for sale, offering a mix of original artworks and prints (1 December). www.islingtonmill.com 3 PAINT Exotic Fruits – Botanical Painting workshop Escape the humdrum winter weather and learn to create exotic fruits on paper at West Green College’s botanical art workshop (2-4 December). With the help of artist Mariella Baldwin, you’ll be…

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exhibitions

LONDON Beyond Caravaggio Until 15 January 2017 A collection of 49 artworks exploring the legendary influence of this Italian master. The National Gallery.www.nationalgallery.org.uk Abstract Expressionism Until 2 January 2017 Jaw-dropping paintings by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and more. Royal Academy of Arts.www.royalacademy.org.uk A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution Until 15 January 2017 A century of posters agitating for political change, including screen prints, lithographs, wood cuts and digital prints. William Morris Gallery.www.wmgallery.org.uk Paul Nash Until 5 March 2017 Discover the surreal side to the English landscape through the eyes of this 1930s artist. Tate Britain.www.tate.org.uk Painters’ Painters 30 November to 28 February 2017 A selection of contemporary artists with an individualistic and nonconformist approach to painting. Saatchi Gallery.www.saatchigallery.com Am I Rembrandt? 8 November to 5 March 2017 A look at authenticity, including works from Van Dyck, Rubens and…

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fresh paint

ARTHUR BOOTHBY There’s something distinctly youthful about Arthur Boothby’s Berlin Wall. Awash in an orange abyss, his figure stands in the centre, dwarfed by the strength of the colour, nervously tugging at his wrist. The energy of the work feels even more potent when you discover its maker has not yet reached his 18th birthday. Arthur is in his final year at Winchester College in Hampshire and still pondering the idea of starting an art foundation after school. “I haven’t been painting for that long, I did my first large oil painting when I was about 15, which was also a portrait, and before that I’d done a few smaller still lifes and things,” he says. With less than three years’ experience, Arthur landed his first big exhibition when Berlin Wall was accepted…

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