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 • THE BEST ART SHOWS TO VISIT THIS JUNE
HOW I MAKE IT WORK Megan Carty • A Boston area contemporary painter, Megan makes bold abstract floral paintings. Here’s how she became a professional artist
Hannah Shergold • The former British Army helicopter pilot talks to Rebecca Bradbury about unexpected career pivots, the highs and lows of a self-representing artist and loosening up her wildlife paintings
WIN! £1,000 OF PREMIUM WATERCOLOUR PRODUCTS • Enter our prize draw for the chance to get your hands on one of three bundles of super granulating watercolours, courtesy of SCHMINCKE
Sarah Graham • Try and look at one of SARAH GRAHAM’S bold and vivid paintings and not feel anything but joy. She tells Niki Browes about the ups and downs that have led to where she is today
We present… a talented pastel artist GLENDA LYONS
Renaissance ma • Although he was only 37 when he died, RAPHAEL remains one of the most prolific artists who ever lived. Here’s what we can learn from his body of work.
The realist • KELVIN OKAFOR creates art that is so lifelike, viewers often mistake them for photographs. Niki Browes meets the hyper-realistic artist and finds a very dedicated drawer
Walter Sickert • A new exhibition at Tate Britain will be the first time in over 30 years that a collection of 150 artworks by will be on show. Niki Browes gets in the queue
All in the detail • THE RHS BOTANICAL ART SHOW is the most highly acclaimed juried botanical art show in the world. Niki Browes meets eight of this year’s entrants
Life drawing IN PASTEL PENCIL • In his third instalment of life drawing with pastels, JAKE SPICER delves into creating with one of his favourite mediums in the genre: pastel pencil
SUPPORTS, FIXATIVES & SHARPENERS
Sketching en plein air • In the first of a five-part series on landscape painting, ANN WITHERIDGE focuses in on drawing and mass with just one tone, whilst using sketches by the old masters as inspiration
Knives out • Professional artist MARK FENNELL RBSA shows you how he painted a portrait using predominantly palette knives and oils
Blue eyes • MATTHEW JEANES shows you how to paint this Husky dog – with his piercing blue eyes – in watercolour
City sketching • A correspondent for the London chapter of the Urban Sketchers community, LIS WATKINS shows us how she painted a chic block of flats in London’s Chelsea
Pretty in pınk • HAIDEE-JO SUMMERS shows you how to paint this luscious pink cherry blossom against the vibrant blue sky in oil
You tell us
Picture this • In every issue, we ask an artist to tell us about a piece of work that holds particular significance for them. To kick of the new series, we speak to abstract artist ZI LING