Watercolour Diploma Course

Watercolour Diploma Course

New Watercolour Diploma Course, now up and running. Written and illustrated by Jan Nesbitt
Watercolour Course Page >>

From basics to beyond…..

Watercolours are in the news at the moment with the exhibition at the Tate, London, from which have sprung mixed views , reviews, discussions and all kinds of opinions. The Tate says it invites us to challenge our preconceptions of what watercolour is, and to celebrate it’s variety. Our course at the college invites you to be ahead of current trends or to follow well established paths. It’s your choice.

Watercolours can be very contemporary, exciting, new and bold, or more traditionally beautiful, luminous, ethereal, mysterious…….

Watercolours are portable, easy and quick to set up. The painter Paul Klee used to paint tiny paintings almost the size of postage stamps in watercolour, at the corner of the kitchen table whilst trying to help with domestic chores for their baby!

Painting of any kind is a worthwhile and enriching experience, and can be an antidote to the fast disposable digital images, that we all use now and quickly disregard, without developing or cherishing them perhaps. Deepening our way of thinking, our imaginations, our inventive side, can be one of the most fulfilling, valuable, widening, and yet readily accessible experiences that we can all have. Watercolour is a great way to do this.

One of my current watercolour students who has a lifetime of engineering behind him, wrote to me the other day that although he initially took up painting as a pastime, he now finds it as absorbing as anything he has done before.

These paints can be so versatile, and there’s now a burgeoning interest in this exciting, expressive and challenging medium.

Come and join our new Diploma course and find out for yourself, find your own voice with Watercolour Basics and Beyond with Jan Nesbitt. Read About Jan on her tutors page >>

Graphic Design Students Artwork

I was delighted with the outcome of these two pieces of work from Shirley Carter as they combine a number of aspects of learning from the Art in Graphic Design course. Students have to choose a minimum of one piece of work from four options. Shirley opted for a still life made up of kitchen packaging, as well as drawing an object on a dark background, demonstrating contrast.

 

The still life scene is bursting with interest through a selection of different shapes, sizes and materials. Shirley has used a range of pen and ink techniques to capture the attributes of each shape, paying particular attention to tonal values. There is a good range of contrasting tones from dark to light and the lettering has been drawn very carefully. Cropping the composition to zoom in on the packaging with very little of the surroundings showing creates a scene full of impact.
Shirley’s second piece of work demonstrates contrast effectively. Using the solid dark background allows the form of the house to stand out, eliminating the need for outlines. She has continued this idea in the foreground, showing the gate and wall in silhouette form. There is a super sense of texture included in this study, with the shadow of a tree covering the left hand side of the house and picking out some of the detail of the brickwork and windows. Well done, two super pieces of work!
Written by Vanessa Weaver – Graphic Design Tutor

Children’s Illustrator Needed

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From time to time we are asked to contact our students by people not connected to the college in any way. We are happy to do this but students should be aware that this does not constitute any sort of approval by us and they should do their own research into the request before undertaking commissions. for more advice and information please read our commissioning and agents advice page

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Children’s Illustrator Needed for London Based Writer.

We are an independent company who is writing a children’s book and need an illustrator to create the look and style of it. It is targeted at 4 year olds and will feature a lot of drawing of animals.

The person we’re looking for must be able to draw creatively (talking animals)
Must be able to convert your drawings in to digital format
Must be available for on going illustration work if the book series gets expanded
Drawings can be hand drawn or digital or water colour. Any format will be considered

Application method:
As we want you to create the style of the book we would like to see your sketch of a happy little girl and dog playing a game of football (soccer) together in colour
Nothing too detailed, we just want to see how you would draw this scenario. Please do a simple park background.
Think sunny, happy, fun, friends.

Deadline for applications is 14th March 2011
Pay will be negotiated once we find someone suitable.

Applications can be emailed to Antonia Rae –  therealdeal1984@gmail.com

Derwent Logo Competition

Derwent Logo Competition

This is your chance to embellish our logo any way you want. Enter our competition and let your imagination run wild! Illustrate around it, over it, under it, or just simply add bling! All using Derwent products, of course!

The winning creation will become our profile picture on Facebook and Twitter and will be used on a Derwent advert in the June edition of the Artists & Illustrators magazine. The winner will also feature in our May blog post and receive a wooden box containing 72 Inktense Pencils. 2 runners-up will receive a tin of a new Derwent range to be launched over the next few weeks, accompanied by some very funky new accessories.
To enter, upload your finished illustration to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/welovepencils or email it to derwent.pencils@acco.com
The illustration must be executed using Derwent products and fit into a 15cm square. Closing date for entries is Friday 29th April 2011.

This is your chance to embellish our logo any way you want. Enterour competition and let your imagination run wild! Illustrate aroundit, over it, under it, or just simply add bling! All using Derwentproducts, of course!The winning creation will become our profile picture on Facebook and Twitter and will beused on a Derwent advert in the June edition of the Artists & Illustrators magazine.The winner will also feature in our May blog post and receive a wooden box containing 72Inktense Pencils. 2 runners-up will receive a tin of a new Derwent range to be launched overthe next few weeks, accompanied by some very funky new accessories.To enter, upload your finished illustration to our Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/welovepencils or email it to derwent.pencils@acco.comThe illustration must be executed using Derwent products and fit into a 15cm square.Closing date for entries is Friday 29th April 2011.