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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Exhibitions • APRIL’S BEST ART SHOWS
The working artist • Everyone has an opinion on your art and learning how to accept them gracefully is useful, says our columnist LAURA BOSWELL
IN THE STUDIO Amy Dury • The former printmaker talks to REBECCA BRADBURY about her vintage references, power balances and how a cancer diagnosis led to her burgeoning portrait painting career
PRIZE DRAW WIN £1,000 WORTH OF ANIMAL ART TUITION • Discover how your animal portraits and coloured pencil art can flourish with the help of the BONNY SNOWDON ACADEMY
HOW I PAINT PICTURE CREDIT: Chiron Cole Maycock • The illustrator and author tells NIKI BROWES about working as a full-time professional creative and gives her tips on how to overcome imposter syndrome, overcoming painters block and on the job skills she’s learnt along the way
We present… • In each issue, we introduce you to a Portfolio member. This month, we put the spotlight on talented watercolour artist RAJAN DEY
Big sky thinking • John Constable’s art was shaped by one dominant theme: the world of his rural childhood as depicted in his huge ‘Six-Footer’ canvasses, says ADRIAN MOURBY
Robertson • The Canadian-born, Dallas-based artist and illustrator dropped out of art school but is now fashion’s favourite illustrator. He catches up with NIKI BROWES over Zoom to talk about his colourful and creative world
In the frame • In an extract from her new book, LAURA BOSWELL talks about the different ways of using frames and borders to really help your paintings pop
Beyond Surreal • To celebrate a new exhibition at Tate Modern, we single out six artists with paintings in the show and their unique, and often overlooked, positions within Surrealism.
LIFE DRAWING IN PASTEL An introduction • JAKE SPICER returns to Artists & Illustrators with a five-part guide on life drawing using different pastel mediums
Part 3: Flowers • LAURA SMITH continues her four-part series and this month tackles flowers, a popular topic that can be surprisingly challenging
Going under ground • With a reference photo from a busy London tube station, COLIN BROWN shows you how to paint loose using acrylic paint straight from the tube
TIPS FROM THE masters • How we approach painting is different for everyone. But hearing about how other people go about it is always fascinating. Here, four masters of their mediums share their painting journeys
Spring HAS SPRUNG • Gouache is a wonderfully versatile medium for approaching landscape painting as demonstrated in this step-by-step guide by LANCELOT RICHARDSON
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Sophie WARD • The former fashion illustrator on her return to painting and rolling with life’s punches.