Cartooning with Chris and Chris!

We have two students on the blog today who have completed similar pieces of artwork for an assignment on our Cartooning Art Course. Both students are called Chris!

The first piece of artwork below is by student Chris McDonald and he has created 10 different expressions using his own style and creativity. The second set of cartoon drawings are by student Chris Jaffe, again using his own style to represent the different expressions. Learning how to create clear and defined expressions is very important for cartoonists. It is important to convey feelings in only a few lines.

If you enjoy drawing cartoons and want to have a go at this assignment, why not pop over to our online Cartooning Art Course page to find out more!

Barbra Knapik – Still Life Course

Our Still Life Art Course is tutored by professional artist and painter Alan Dedman. Student Barbra Knapik has created three monochrome paintings for one of her Still Life assignments. Each painting has been accurately drawn along with being painted very precisely. Barbra has noted the light and shadows of each object and has also noted their shadows onto the objects next to them. Each object looks solid and three dimensional. Three very successful paintings.

Alan is a very helpful tutor and throughout the course he guides his students, assisting them with their composition skills, colour mixing and also helping each student with their drawing development. Observational skills are also important when drawing still life and the more students draw from life, the more their observational skills will improve. If you are interested in drawing and painting simialr to Barbra, have a look at our Still life Online Art Course webpage >>

Beatrice Anderson – Pet Portraits Course

Our Pet Portraits Online Art Course is one of our most popular courses.  Students gain experience not only painting pets, but wildlife too. The course covers all of the main mediums, along with an introduction on drawing to help brush up your skills, giving you a good grounding particularly if you are a complete beginner.

Beatrice Anderson has been working in pastel and has created a double dog portrait for one of her assignments. The dogs have been well drawn and rendered and the colours Beatrice has used in the background work really well, allowing both dogs to stand out well. We are sure that Beatrice is pleased with her results and hope fellow students reading our blog post are impressed too!

Amy Topper – Fiery Fred

Amy Topper has created a stunning watercolour illustration for the Fiery Fred assignment on the Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma Course. There is so much colour and detail in this illustration, lots for children to study.

Amy has a joint Facebook page with her sister who is also an artist. Their page is full of wonderful and inspiration artwork. Its a must see and why not ‘like’ their page when you are there! They are called Thou ART Sisters


One student helps another…..

Robert Kidner is currently taking our Coloured Pencil Course and follows our blog with interest. He signed up for our  blog newsletter which is delivered via email every Sunday. If you would like to sign up to our weekly news, you can do so here – London Art College Blog Newsletter

A few weeks ago Robert saw a blog post about the photography coursework by student Alison Owen. One photo taken for her assignment was when she visited Middle Row in Faversham, UK. Robert was immediately inspired by the photo! He contacted the college to see if Alison would give permission to create a drawing from it. Alison was delighted!

Robert has now completed his coloured pencil drawing of Middle Row, which is fantastic, and added two people and a dog to complete the scene. We have also included Alison’s photograph for our readers to see too. We love the fact that two students can be connected in this way, one helping the other!

Brian Otley – Colour Awareness

Student Brian Oatley has created a very happy and colourful watercolour painting for his coursework. The flower study below was created for an assignment on our Colour Awareness short course. Our online art course is great for students who want to learn about colour, how to mix colour and work out which colours work well with others. Students can use their choice of medium along with collage which is great fun.

Brain has used a wet in wet techniques below and experimented with bright colours working out which colours mix well together and perhaps those which don’t. Our favourite colour mix in Brian’s painting is the beautiful turquoise blue and the deep purple centre. Which colour mix is your favourite?


Heidi Seal – Beginners Drawing

Heidi Seal has created a wonderful drawing of a man holding a huge fish for her Beginners Drawing Course. We are pretty sure that the chap didn’t stand to pose while Heidi sketched him! It was more than likely that Heidi drew the portrait from a photo. Drawing from photos is great practice and Heidi has done a superb job here capturing the man along with the proud look on his face.

As well as working from photos we try to encourage our students to draw from life as well. It really helps to be able to translate three dimensional objects onto two dimensional pieces of paper. Working from life also helps to develop your observational skills too, which is really important for artists.

Why not let us know what you are working on, we would love to see!


Selina Seesunkur – photography diploma

Selina Seesunkur has taken photos of a model for one of her assignments for the Photography Diploma Course. The series of three photos shows the model moving down the runway in two different dresses. Selina has captured the movement of the model and her dress beautifully and the colours of the dress and accessories stand out well against the dark blurry background. You can see more of Selina’s work on the National Geographic website where she has a portfolio – Selina’s photography portfolio >>  


Talitha Young – Young Artist!

We have students of all ages working on our online art courses. Talitha Young is a young student who has produced some superb drawings for one of her assignments on the Drawing Course for Children. Aren’t they wonderful!

Talitha has first drawn her trainer and shaded it using coloured pencils. She has noted the direction of light and shade and incorporated a shadow both under the toe of the shoe and inside the shoe which helps to create a three dimensional object.

Talitha then drew a pear, which is a pretty tricky object to draw. It has an usual surface texture and we feel she has described it beautifully. Her direction of shading really helps to create a round solid object. In this drawing Talitha decided to shade it entirely in graphite pencil. She observed the shadow and also shaded the far side of the pear which would have been in shade, as the light is hitting the front. This has been shaded lighter to create a highlight. Some very advanced skills being used!

Finally Talitha shaded a wooden toy dragon using coloured pencils shading it with strong bright colours. All three drawings are absolutely superb and we think Talitha will go far in her art endeavours!

Jill Bentley – When All is Dark

Jill Bentley is currently working with tutor Maggy Roberts on our Illustrating Children’s Books Online Art Course. Jill has created some superb illustrations in her course assignments and Maggy wanted us to feature Jills ‘When All Is Dark’ illustration here on the blog. Jill has one final assignment to create and we are really looking forward to seeing the results!

Jill Bentley said..

I have enjoyed this assignment, I enjoy line drawing in black and white and let my imagination roam on this one.