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
David Hockney • Writing exclusively for Artists & Illustrators, author and art critic MARTIN GAYFORD speaks to the great Yorkshire artist about the joys of spring, his enduring inspirations, and how his latest French studio has given him a new lease of life – and cured his limp!
HOCKNEY SPIRIT • THREE WAYS TO CREATE, INSPIRED BY THE YORKSHIRE ARTIST
FRENCH EXIT • FOUR OTHER ARTISTS WHO WENT IN SEARCH OF LA BONNE VIE
The Working Artist • Our columnist LAURA BOSWELL loves the community and support of online art forums – could now be the time to find your tribe too?
The Art of Walking • Discover the landscapes that seduced three of the nation’s greatest artists with walks through verdant valleys, beside the riverbanks of the Thames and along the rugged coast of north east England
Halla Shafey • The winner of the Artists & Illustrators Award at the Pastel Society’s annual show talks to REBECCA BRADBURY about prompting a pastel renaissance from her home studio in Cairo
Expressive FIGURES • Royal Institute of Oil Painters member LUIS MORRIS shows how working from a sketch and mixing up a range of colours early can allow a more creative, painterly finish
Sketchbook STRATEGY • Although you only tend to see finished work, a sketchbook is often a key part of the process. We asked seven top artists to open their books and share their methods
Paint with Purpose • Newlyn Art School’s popular Defining Practice course will soon be available online. Tutor FAYE DOBINSON shares 10 tips to help you become a more focused artist
1. COLOUR LANGUAGE • JAKE SPICER begins a new four-part series on understanding colour by showing us how the use of more accurate descriptions can help us better identify and replicate hues
Painting from memory • After a year in lockdown, our visual memories are more important than ever. ROB DUDLEY shares a method that will help you utilise them to create more artistic paintings
Curtis Holder • The winner of last year’s Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year shares his techniques, his honest approach to portraiture, and his shameless art shop confessions
Paint LIKE RAVILIOUS • Eric Ravilious’ intricately cross-hatched watercolours recall his training as a wood engraver. In this exercise, DAVID CHANDLER employs his method to explore contour and texture
Painting FROM PHOTOS • Former BP Travel Award winner EDWARD SUTCLIFFE shares his simple seven-step plan for making striking realist paintings from your source pictures
2. Super Impasto • Our former Artists of the Year winner Norman Long continues his look at how to create interesting surface textures with a guide to a thicker form of impasto painting
A TEXTURED GROUND
Rob BIDDULPH • The children’s book illustrator famed for his world record-breaking online draw-alongs.