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
ILLUSTRATION NOW! • Over the next nine pages, three recent recipients of major awards share their experiences of commissions, concepts and what it means to be a commercial artist in 2021
The Working Artist • Banishing self-doubt is easy if you think hard about how and why you make art says our columnist LAURA BOSWELL
Dame Laura Knight • An illustrative, Impressionist style and a fascination with the roles people play helped this pioneering painter make her mark, says More Than A Muse author KATIE MCCABE
ALPAY EFE • REBECCA BRADBURY meets the German painter who has reinvigorated classical genres and spoken to a new generation from his Ruhr studio
GOUACHE FLOWERS • Botanical painter and author SIMON WILLIAMS shows you how to make the most of watercolour’s opaque cousin in this month’s step-by-step demonstration
Mixing PURPLE • Watercolourist GRAHAME BOOTH is looking in turn at the three secondary colours and how to mix them. In this second instalment, he shows you how to create a range of purples
NEUTRALS FROM PURPLE
BRIGHT AND DULL PURPLES
DRAMATIC LIGHT • LIZ BALKWILL sets up a favourite still life subject with direct side lighting to show you how you can create dramatic results even when working at home
SIMPLIFIED COLOURS • Overcome your colour fears with the help of artist and author ALEX HILLKURTZ, who shares his limited palette and utilises it in a simple, watercolour painting
ALAN MCGOWAN • This award-winning Glaswegian painter has followed in the footsteps of the masters with his expressive portrait and figurative work and now he is taking his teaching online
2 CONSTABLE • Heatherley School of Fine Art tutor and artist LAURA SMITH continues her look at the Old Masters with another exercise to improve your composition skills
CHARCOAL Textures • The wintry Welsh landscape near his home inspired JAKE SPICER to experiment with charcoal. Learn how to create similar textures and effects in your own work
3. PORTRAIT Painting • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ chair of painting AL GURY concludes his series on compositional strategies for artists with a focus on the genre of portraiture
Lindsey GLEN • The new House of Illustration director on redevelopment plans and meeting Quentin Blake.