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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Fresh Paint • Inspiring new artworks, straight off the easel
Painting POETRY • Ignoring textbooks and making up her own rules has garnered landscape painter MARY ANNE AYTOUNELLIS many fans, including Prince Charles, as REBECCA BRADBURY finds out
The Working Artist • Our columnist LAURA BOSWELL was inspired by an ex-student, who reminded her that the journey is more important than the destination
KANDINSKY WASSILY • The Russian painter was one of the first true abstract artists, using music as a basis for his instinctive paintings. STEVE PILL explores his colourful responses to the world
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Emily Ponsonby • MARTHA ALEXANDER meets the Cotswolds-based figurative painter who is keen to close the gap between artist and sitter via her dreamy and sculptural nudes
COLOUR pencil PORTRAIT • JAKE SPICER
Mixina ORANGE • GRAHAME BOOTH’s new series focuses in turn on the secondary colours. Starting with orange, he will show you how to mix perfect hues for every occasion
IMAGINARY figures • Struggling without a model? Raw Umber Studios’ LIZET DINGEMANS shows how to draw accurate figures from your imagination
WOODCUT prints • Our regular columnist (and leading printmaker) LAURA BOSWELL guides you through all the tools and techniques required to make a simple two-block woodcut print
PREPARATORY STUDIES • Tempted to just get started on a final painting straight away? ROB WAREING shows you why completing a single-session study first can enhance the finished work
1 REMBRANDT • Heatherley School of Fine Art tutor and artist LAURA SMITH looks to the work of the Old Masters and sets a series of exercises that will improve your composition skills
ELISE ANSEL • By striking up a conversation with the Old Mistresses of art history, this American oil painter has brought their stories to life via her fresh and abstracted style
2. STILL LIFE painting • Continuing his new series on composing pictures, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ chair of painting AL GURY talks us through humble still life traditions
Rita ISSAC • The multi-media artist on her new book, journaling and keeping motivated.