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Artists & Illustrators September 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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1 min.
explore the art of winning

Many professional artists say that, despite accolades and admiration, they still paint primarily for themselves. And it’s certainly true most painters first pick up a brush out of curiosity and a desire to explore their own creativity rather than dreams of fame and fortune. Gaining skills is simply a means to an end. But, eventually, all creative people want to send their work out into the world to be seen, hopefully appreciated and maybe even bought. But putting your art out there takes a dose of bravery. Painters such as those in our winners special (pages 18-27), who have placed themselves in the line of fire on national TV, display the kind of tenacity and self-belief we can only admire. Which is why we’ve taken the time to ask them…

1 min.
your letters

PICK UP THAT PENCIL Re: Sketchbook, issue 381 I had to smile when I read Grahame Booth’s Sketchbook tip for finding your eyeline. When I am out sketching I rarely carry a glass of water, but I do have a pair of eyes and a pencil. Place the end of the pencil between your eyes on the bridge of your nose (a bit like a unicorn horn). Hold the pencil horizontally. The tip of the pencil will show you the point your eyeline runs through on the scene in front of you. It is easier if you use only one eye when squinting down the pencil. Of course you can use a pen or similar tool. Happy summer sketching. Via email, Christine Tose HOW NOT TO PAINT STRIPES Re: Letters, issue 381 About the straight line problem: you…

1 min.
the art of perseverance

I have been an enthusiastic painter for several years. Unfortunately, 15 months ago I broke my right arm. Obviously this was difficult as I am right-handed. More unfortunate was the fact it was set wrongly in hospital and I have ended up with a damaged arm and wrist. So, I feel proud of my latest painting, one of a Fantasy Landscapes series I am working on. Against all the odds I decided to teach myself to hold brushes in a different way. It takes longer but I get so much from being able to remain creative. My motto is never give up, just find different ways of doing the things you love. Via email, June Leader…

1 min.
social scene

How to Paint Dog Fur: Complete in 10 simple steps Cate Hamilton: I love painting dogs – one of my favourite subjects. Here’s my much-missed Alfie in oil on canvas board. Peter Keegan @PDKeegan Sad to see this painting leave but pleased it’s being taken home by one of my students. Read @AandImagazine [‘Paint a Summer Garden’, issue 381] about the painting. Let us know what you think of Artists & Illustrators magazine and share your painting projects with us at the contacts below... @AandImagazine ArtistsAndIllustrators AandImagazine AandImagazine…

1 min.
nitram charcoal ready when you are...

"I like to be ready to draw right away when I encounter an interesting motif in the landscape. So I sharpen my charcoal before heading out. I usually keep 3 of each in a little wooden box. Unlike other charcoal, Nitram holds its structural integrity extremely well. When I am ready to draw, I'll have charcoal ready to use, not just broken sticks lying about, which can be an annoying distraction. Outdoors, I also use ground charcoal and a variety of brushes to work up an atmosphere in my composition. Nitram is a lovely charcoal to grind into powder. I grind the Nitram Fusains H, HB, B and even the Batons Moyens. I store them in individually labelled salt shakers. They all have unique properties that add visual interest to my…

2 min.
9 artistic things to do in september

1 ENTER THE COLUMBIA THREADNEEDLE PRIZE 2018 With a first prize of £20,000 and a solo exhibition – plus five additional awards of £1,000 – this prestigious competition for new figurative and representational art is a great opportunity. There’s even a further £10,000 prize awarded by visitors to the exhibition, which takes place at Mall Galleries in London next year. Enter fresh, topical artworks before noon on 22 September. Turn to page 38 for our fascinating interview with Columbia Threadneedle Prize shortlisted young artist Oliver Bedeman. 2 READ Fahrelnissa Zeid: Painter of Inner Worlds Based on unprecedented access to the artist’s private papers and archive, and written by her former student Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, this comprehensive illustrated book (Art/Books, £19.99) recounts the noblewoman’s extraordinary career. 3 LEARN Beginners’ oils workshop Explore oil paint at a gentle…