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Artists & Illustrators

Artists & Illustrators August 2019

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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welcome

Please excuse my slightly sketchy appearance this month. In a change from my usual editor's photo, I thought I'd share this wonderful drawing that was made by the New English Art Club member and Art Academy tutor James Bland during our interview, which you can read on page 42. Sat in the garden of Gallery 286, James effortlessly conjured this likeness in a matter of minutes while we chatted, a true modern master at work. There's something of a portrait theme to this issue too. We've delved into the history of the National Portrait Gallery's Portrait Award on page 22 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the world's biggest and best competition of its kind, alongside a very revealing interview with recent winner Charlie Schaffer, who you may remember from our…

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bright ideas

In your recent magazine, you have some delightful watercolour paintings with bright colours and one thing that I have noticed is that many people struggle to create bright watercolour paintings and give up on watercolour for acrylic paint, thinking that it cannot compete – but it can! I have four very straightforward techniques that I would like to share: 1. Use good quality white paper. White paper enables the maximum contrast and reflects back more light through transparent colours. 2. Do not allow the paper to become too wet. If this happens then adding more paint will not strengthen the colour. 3. Use artists' quality paints as these have purer colours and the pigment density is significantly higher than cheap alternatives. 4. Add gum Arabic to your paint mixes. This is a normal watercolour…

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exhibitions

1 TAL R 6 July to 13 October This collection of bright, semi-abstract paintings by the Copenhagen-based Israeli painter is the highlight of several inaugural displays at the new Hastings Contemporary, which replaces the East Sussex town’s popular Jerwood Gallery. Subtitled “eventually all museums will be ships” the exhibition sits alongside Roy Oxlade’s abstract art and a collection of drawings by illustrator Sir Quentin Blake. Hastings Contemporary, Hastings www.hastingscontemporary.org 2 REFLECTION: BRITISH ART IN AN AGE OF CHANGE 17 August to 5 January 2020 This fascinating exhibition takes a look at the unique and contrasting ways in which modern British artists have perceived and represented the country’s ever-changing cultural landscape. Works by Stanley Spencer, David Hockney and Barbara Hepworth capture the diversity of British art and question our national identity at a pivotal moment in history. Ferens…

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the colour of memory

It’s a grey day in north London when Patrick Cullen opens the studio door, his bright welcome a contrast to the ominous clouds above. His two-storey work space opens out onto a quaint cobbled mews in a desirable corner of the city, but no one is lingering long outside today. Inside, the ground floor space is packed floor to ceiling with more paintings than you’d find in a whole wing of the National Gallery. Plan chests heave with drawers full of unseen works on paper, painted canvases hang limply awaiting stretcher bars and a dozen or more larger framed works lean against the wooden staircase to the floor above. Everywhere you look there are repurposed picture frames, mounted drawings and flight cases from his painting trips abroad. Several self-portraits, painted decades…

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the working artist

I am writing my column this month during mental health awareness week. This has got me thinking about my experience of clinical depression and how much it has taught me about managing good mental health as an artist. Art can be a solitary business and, while losing yourself in your creativity is one of the great joys of making art, it’s a good idea to have a couple of tricks for dealing with any downsides, however robust your mental health. All artists need a healthy dose of self-criticism. It’s what keeps us improving and moving forward. The problem comes if this tips into negative thinking. In my experience, this ranges from a general feeling of unease about my work to a flood of hopelessness. When this happens, it’s time to restore the…

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sandrine’s materials

• Watercolours French Ultramarine, Perylene Violet, Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Magenta, Quinacridone Fuchsia and Permanent Alizarin Crimson, all Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor; Sap Green, Royal Talens Rembrandt; Titanium White, Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Stick • Paper Saunders Waterford High White HP 640gsm paper, 40x55cm • Brushes ProArte Prolene Series 007, sizes 000, 2 and 5; Princeton Neptune, sizes 6 and 12 •Cartridge paper •4B clutch pencil 2mm •8B Derwent “Dark Wash” watersoluble sketching pencil •A rubber and putty rubber •Tracing paper and Tracedown transfer paper…