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Artists & Illustrators June 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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the real stories behind award-winning art

Recognition is important. While the process of creating artworks can be immensely satisfying in its own right, a bit of peer approval can do wonders for the confidence. Entering open competitions and sharing work on sites like our own Portfolio Plus scheme are a perfect way for an amateur artist to gain feedback and focus for their fledgling practice. In this issue, we have spoken to three artists who have recently become recipients of Artists & Illustrators awards, including Ian Hargreaves, who was crowned Artist of the Year at our annual exhibition at Mall Galleries last month. Each of the three very talented painters have shared their experiences, giving you an insight into how they developed their careers and created award-winning works so you can follow in their footsteps - look out…

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your letters

FRAME OF MIND I have been a watercolour artist for years and enjoyed the challenge of the medium immensely, but encouraged by your great magazine I have been drawn to try water-based oil colours instead. I began using a pad for my oils and wonder if you could advise the best way of framing works on paper? Thank you in anticipation. I love your magazine with all the wonderful articles and can’t wait for it each month. I have subscribed for well over 20 years and just renewed my subscription for another two. Desiree Emery, via email Framing works on paper is largely a question of personal taste and the subject or style of your painting. For example, you could mount the work in a traditional border or perhaps choose a floating frame for…

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rinse and recycle

RE: Your Paint Problems Solved, Issue 364 I had just finished another rather safe and unsatisfactory still life when the May edition of Artists & Illustrators dropped through the letterbox. I was so intrigued by Kate Osborne’s article that l promptly washed off my still life painting and started again. While not entirely happy with the result l have learned so much doing that one painting that l shall be doing much more “recycling” in the future. Thank you Kate, what a revelation! Sylvia Farrow, via email It pays to persevere Sylvia! Thank you for sharing the final result. We hope your ‘Letter of the Month’ £50 GreatArt voucher helps to fuel your inspiration.…

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9 artistic things to do in june

1 SUNDAY TIMES WATERCOLOUR COMPETITION 2016 Calling all watercolourists: submissions for the weekend broadsheet’s annual painting competition close on the 13 June. The event is the most prestigious of its kind in the UK, with a first prize of £10,000 on offer. Judges will be looking for original work that seeks to redefine and celebrate water-based media. All shortlisted works will be shown at London’s Mall Galleries from 19-24 September. Last year’s award went to Akash Bhatt for Blue Room (pictured), a moving portrait of the artist’s mother. 2 SUBMIT Royal Society of Marine Artists Think your seascapes deserve to see the inside of a gallery? The Royal Society of Marine Artists is accepting submissions until the 24 June. Selected works will appear at the RSMA exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries later this…

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LONDON Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne’s Watercolours of Rome Until 14 August 18th-century depictions of Italian landmarks. British Museum. Winifred Knights (1899-1947) 8 June to 18 September British painter inspired by the early Renaissance. Dulwich Picture Painters’ Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck 23 June to 4 September Art once owned by Matisse, Degas and more. National Gallery. BP Portrait Award 2016 23 June to 4 September 37th annual collection of painted faces. National Portrait Gallery. Maria Merian’s Butterflies Until 9 October A botanical illustrator’s South American voyage. The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Summer Exhibition 13 June to 21 August The world’s premier open submission show. Royal Academy of Painting with Light 11 May to 25 September Pre-Raphaelite art and photography. Tate Britain. Bhupen Khakhar 1 June to 6 November 20th-century narrative paintings from India with complex themes explored in…

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fresh paint

YUKO SHIMIZU Yuko Shimizu almost didn’t become an illustrator. Trained in advertising and marketing, she took a PR job in Tokyo before having a “mid-life crisis” at the age of 22. A decade of corporate work followed, before she saved up enough money to take the biggest gamble of her life. In 1999, she moved to New York and enrolled on the Illustration as Visual Essay programme at the School of Visual Arts. The gamble has well and truly paid off. Working from a studio in midtown Manhattan, her client roster includes PepsiCo, Paramount Pictures and The New Yorker, while Newsweek Japan named her among the “100 Japanese People the World Respects” Water Lilies (pictured) is a rare image for Yuko in that it features pink, a colour that she is still learning…