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.
Artists & Illustrators
Exhibitions • NOVEMBER’S BEST ART SHOWS
FAST AND FREE • LEO CRANE introduces a quick artistic challenge to warm you up!
Fresh Paint • Inspiring new artworks, straight off the easel
Richard Estes • At the age of 89, photorealist master Richard Estes is finally having his first major UK exhibition. STEVE PILL explores his detailed approach and learns why he found an unlikely ally in Damien Hirst
Duncan Grant • Coinciding with the launch of two new exhibitions, RAVNEET AHLUWALIA celebrates the brave and intimate paintings of the Bloomsbury Group’s Scottish maverick
Tom Shepherd • The new presenter of Ask An Artist doesn’t need a large studio when he has big ideas. He tells STEVE PILL about his watercolour methods and confidence tricks.
The Working Artist • Don’t expect a breakthrough after every picture you make. Real progress only happens if you work at it, says our columnist LAURA BOSWELL
WIN £1,000 WORTH OF EXPERT ART TUITION • Kick start your New Year with an inspirational art course from WEST DEAN COLLEGE OF ARTS AND CONSERVATION
Jigsaw PAINTING • For this autumnal step-by-step demonstration, illustrator MATT JEANES shows how being selective with details and experimenting with texture can create focus in a complex subject offers the chance for a more painterly approach
3. Foreshortening • This six-part guide from Figure Drawing author JAKE SPICER helps create a greater sense of space in your work. Here he shares useful strategies for drawing at awkward angles
2. Oils • Combining several media can really enhance your paintings, as AINE DIVINE’s new series explores. This month oils over acrylics adds character to a quick portrait session
Develop a drawing • DAVID BRAMMELD shows you how to develop initial sketches into a fully-fledged painting while putting a creative spin on a familiar favourite subject
DIRECT mixing • HASHIM AKIB guides us through an abstract painting of a stream, tree and rocks to show how applying paint directly to your canvas can spark acrylic colours to life
Jeannie Kinsler • Recently re-settled in England, the South African painter tells STEVE PILL how she composes her portrait and still life paintings, while sharing tips on colour, texture and more
1. Tonal Values • Ask An Artist’s PETER KEEGAN presents a new three-part still life painting workshop, beginning with an in-depth look at how to identify and capture accurate tones
9 Ways to Create CHARACTERS FOR KIDS • Leading illustrators Evgenia Malina and Elly Jahnz share character building advice for developing figures that appeal to a family audience
Viktorija SEMJONOVA • The Latvian illustrator on investigating faces, drawing the mundane and why gouache is important. Interview: REBECCA BRADBURY