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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December • TIPS • ADVICE • IDEAS
Fresh Paint • Inspiring new artworks, straight off the easel
Spitting Image • Applauded for bringing portraiture back into fashion, JONATHAN YEO talks to REBECCA BRADBURY about overcoming adversity, making mistakes and painting VIPs
The Working Artist • Our imaginations are an opportunity, says our columnist LAURA BOSWELL, and at times like these we need them more than ever before
WINSTON CHURCHILL • The wartime Prime Minister was an avid painter of the French Riviera. Artist PAUL RAFFERTY tracked down the locations and found fresh insight into historic works
Peter Brown • The New English Art Club president is usually found roaming busy streets in search of inspiration, so how did he adapt to the current restrictions, asks STEVE PILL
Teatime STILL LIFE • ANGELA BANDURKA brings out the fine china to demonstrate how an analogous palette can be used to create a sense of harmony
3. LOOKING DOWN • In this series from AINE DIVINE, the watercolourist has been focusing on painting the head from unusual angles. She continues with a look at a foreshortened face
DEMONSTRATION LOOKING DOWN
EXERCISE ONE-COLOUR STUDY
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REMBRANDT’S Self -Portraits • In this exclusive excerpt from her new book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, BETTY EDWARDS looks at how Rembrandt’s drawings became windows on the soul
DAMAR Varnish • LIZET DINGEMANS explains the benefits of this traditional oil painter’s medium, before showing you quick ways to make and adapt it to suit your different needs
HOW TO MAKE BASIC DAMAR VARNISH
EXTRA RECIPES • Use your crystals to make a variety of useful oil paint additives
CHARCOAL TEXTURES • Drawing media can have as much versatility as paint. LANCELOT RICHARDSON shows how he created two detailed charcoal works by combining a variety of marks
PUDDLES of colour • Painting water doesn’t just mean glamorous seascapes. ROB DUDLEY shows how autumnal showers can bring an unlikely scene to life
MARK ADLINGTON • For this wildlife artist, a distant lion’s roar represents opportunity not fear. Here he reveals how to capture the fiery spirit of wild animals using tricks of light and texture
CAST Drawing • Drawing from plaster casts is an important step between copying 2D artworks and working from life. AL GURY explores the history of the practice and offers tips to try
CHOOSE A FOCUS
TIPS FOR CAST DRAWING
John BROADLEY • The illustrator on tracing paper, JRR Tolkien and career pivots.