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Artists & Illustrators January 2017

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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swap your paints for 2017

(HASHIM AKIB)I’m going to let you in on a secret: I hate New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always thought: why begin the year under a cloud of guilt? But it turns out even guilty clouds can have a silver lining, because 2017 doesn’t have to be about giving something up, instead, it can be about trying something new. Are you a die-hard watercolourist who’s suddenly acrylic curious? Or an oil painter who wants to cross into the messy world of mixed media? Then this issue is for you. Looking to ‘new horizons’, we asked five artists to swap media and experiment with an unfamiliar paint. Find out how they did on page 46. Many reluctantly accepted our ‘paint swap’ challenge, but as you’ll discover, they soon got into the swing of…

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your letters

SHADE INAfter exploring many techniques, painting murals and miniatures over the years, I still find there is nothing more satisfying than settling down with a sharp pencil and a hairy dog.This is Blue, [pictured below] a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a New Zealand Sheepdog, waiting patiently among the autumn leaves at a Falmouth open air market.Thank you for your far reaching and informative magazine, I look forward to its arrival every month.Lindsey Allen, via email THE CHALLENGE NEVER ENDSRe: 30 Autumn Painting Challenges, Issue 370Following the challenge to ‘paint an autumn forest scene’ in your October edition, I submitted two paintings, which you kindly published in the December issue. I have had a go at challenge number nine, to paint movement.I like capturing movement, so when…

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letter of the month

Painting by Barbara Ann HollandSadly, my mum, Barbara Ann Holland, has recently passed away. She was a wonderful artist and loved reading Artists & Illustrators every month. I was wondering whether there was any way my mum could get a mention. Could you display an image of one of her paintings in the magazine to honour her life? It would have meant so much to her.Robyn Hollands, via email ■…

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9 artistic things to do in january

1 ASHURST EMERGING ARTIST PRIZEThere aren’t a great deal of prizes open to artists working in a diverse range of media, but this award offers just that. There is no restriction on age, training or nationality but this one is strictly aimed at emerging artists who have yet to break into the art world, so participants must not have exclusive representation with an existing gallery. Sponsored by Ashurst law firm, this competition offers a £3,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition for the winner. This year will also include The Ashurst Emerging Sculptor Prize of £1,000. Submissions close on 15 January 2017.Enter your work online at PANKHURST)2 STUDYLight and Shadow: ChiaroscuroImmerse yourself in the complexities of light and dark in this intensive workshop with artist Andy Pankhurst at the…

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LONDONCoralie Bickford-SmithUntil 29 January Discover how the best-selling book The Fox and the Star was produced, including original illustrations, proofs and sketches. William Morris Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc TuymansUntil 29 January Satirical and macabre expressionist works inspired by traditional Belgian carnival masks from little known 19th-century artist, James Ensor. Royal Academy of Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion28 January to 23 April A look at why radical artists and writers were drawn to the hills, seaside resorts and villages of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century. Two Temple War in Sunshine13 January to 19 March 2017 A selection of 75 rarely shown drawings and photographs revealing the little-known role of British forces in Italy during the First World War. Estorick Paul NashUntil 5 March…

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fresh paint

KATIE BUCKETTThe genre of hyperreal painting tends to divide opinion in the art world, but London-based artist Katie Buckett has never let this cloud her ambitious painting style. “I decided long ago to not pay too much attention to antagonistic art critics when I was one of the only realist painters in an art school. But I will say that studying light isn’t a bad way of studying life. If you’re a purveyor of ideas, truth is your biggest ally,” she says. Working on a larger-than-life scale, she creates portraits of friends and family that blend elements of photorealism with a surreal distortion. Reimagining her subjects with exaggerated limbs and swan-like necks, she creates a hall-of-mirrors vision of their likeness on the canvas.Katie moved from Brooklyn to London five years…