Student Angela Watson…..

My Journey Continued…

Note: In June 2016 I wrote the blog post Illustrating Children’s Books for the London Art College. You may wish to read that first as this follows on from there. If anyone does read it, I would like to say, at the moment, my adorable little nephew Sam is still fighting!

Blog Post June 2016 >>

I can’t quite believe it but I have been awarded a distinction, yes a distinction, for the London Art College’s Illustration Diploma.

I was unable to get to my usual art class this term so I wanted to find something that I could do at home, in my own time and at my own pace that allowed me to continue developing as an illustrator. As I had already studied with the London Art College before I decided to sign up for their Illustration Diploma.

This was a good move as Spencer Hill – a successful, cartoonist and illustrator – is the tutor for this course. The feedback and encouragement I’ve received from him has been superb. With his guidance, rather than using the first idea that would pop into my head when approaching a new brief, I am now able to ‘think outside the box’. Consequently, as the course progressed, for each assignment I would try and come up come up with different ideas and approaches that others hadn’t thought of. I had a lot of fun with this!

I have selected several illustrations for you to look at which hopefully will demonstrate this. Spencer has been so inspiring you can blame him for the number of images I’ve added here!! I said at the start of the course I wanted to increase my confidence, so to be able to show this number of images it must have worked! Angela

In January I will be back at my weekly drawing and illustration class and with my new abilities and confidence I can’t wait. So I’d like to say a big thank you to London Art College and to Spencer Hill.

Angela Watson

Emily Miller – Tribute to Richard Adams

My name is Emily Miller and I am a student with the London Art College. This is my tribute to Richard Adams who died at the end of last year. Watership Down was such a big part of my childhood, and indeed my whole family. We all read the book, or had it read to us, at least once. And later I watched the film repeatedly as a child. Many people find the film, and the book, too much and talk of how traumatic it was – but for me, as a student on the Children’s Illustration Course, it makes me recognise the importance of children’s fiction in making sense of the world around us, especially in tackling difficult subjects at a young age.

As the bunnies say: “my heart has joined The Thousand, my friend stopped running today.” Rest in peace, Prince with a Thousand Enemies.

Emily Miller
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Pam Cherry – Still Life

Student Pam Cherry has been busy! Her paintings below of varying objects for her still life projects are coming along very well. Each object has been painting beautifully, particularly the texture of the bears jumper in the second painting.

If can be very helpful to set up your still life in the corner of a room or somewhere you can block out the background. This way it doesn’t interfere and take your eye when you are sketching and painting.

If you would like some guidance with panting still life objects and scenes like this, or help with general drawing techniques and colour theory, our Still Life course might be perfect for you. Take a look at our dedicated course page on our website – Still Life Painting and Drawing >>

Pam Cherry

Pam Cherry

Pam Cherry

Sufia Rahman – Painting Portraits

A fantastic piece of artwork for this Monday morning! This pastel portrait was created by student Sufia Rahman who is studying on our portraiture painting course. We love the way Sufia has rendered the top of the head and forehead area, it really looks and feels as if its receding. The shading has been created very subtly and the colours are superb.  Sufia should be very pleased with this portrait.

If you would like to have a go at painting or drawing portraits, head on over to our Portraiture course page to find out more…..painting portraits >>

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Beginners Drawing – Edith Steinberg

Student Edith Steinberg has been working through the Beginners Drawing Course and this is one of her drawings from the submitted exercises. A quote from the beginners drawing course tutor is below…we hope that it helps and inspires our beginners reading our blog today!

If you are doing a drawing which isn’t going to include a background, try putting the subject matter into a cardboard box! Take a box and cut off two of the sides, so you are left with a Corner. Then place a piece of white paper or cloth on the base and up the two sides, inside the box. Then place your object inside it. This is so much less confusing for your eyes, and also helps you judges the areas at the edges of your subject. This is true of light too.


Still Life – John Peace

John Peace has been working on the Still life course with tutor Alan Dedman. John has created two superb paintings for his first set and his introductory letter is below. We hope that our prospective students can gain some confidence from reading it. Not everyone is confident about their artwork and it can be a big step to send work in to your tutor. If you are hesitating, hopefully this will be a huge encouragement to you. Our tutors are all very friendly and will guide you every step of the way.


Hello Alan,

I am submitting my first lot of work for your assessment. The quality of work I feel is dreadfully poor but I suppose that is why I have enrolled on the course – in order to improve! With having a wife who spent a year on a Foundation Course at Goldsmiths many years ago I have already had some guidance – or perhaps I should describe it as harsh reality criticism!

I have been through the exercises you have outlined although I have to admit that despite buying sugar paper I didn’t manage that successfully partly because all were of similar colour rather than dark, medium and light shades. I understand where you are coming from, however, in regard to shape and identifying tone.

You will see that I took photos of my still life studies before starting them. I have tried as far as I can to do as you recommend. Unfortunately, I don t have the steadiest of hands and my sight is not great but I hope this should not be too much of a handicap.

I look forward to hearing from you. If there s ways of submitting work in a better way please let me know.



Botanical Art Course – Mollie Melhuish

Two Coloured Pencil Students!

Monika Cilmi is the tutor for our London Art College Coloured Pencil Course. She has sent us a superb coloured pencil drawing by student Mike Bingham and a testimonial by Lee Lillie.
Monika said –
Mike Bingham has no experience with freehand drawing or coloured pencils however this work from his first set is excellent. I feel he is really brilliant and talented and I’m looking forward to seeing his subsequent sets.
Below is message received by another of my students on the coloured pencil course called Lee Lillie:
Hi Monika
Hope you’re well.
Just to say, thanks again for all your help on the Colour Pencil Drawing course. I enjoyed it and learnt a lot. I have enrolled on the Watercolour Diploma Course now, as well as taking weekly classes in the my local college.
Kind regards
Lee Lillie