Day One – Alan McMahon

We had a fantastic response from last weeks Children’s Illustration Artwork week. We are thrilled to hear lots of our readers were inspired. This weeks dedicated artwork week has been planned for quite a while. It was an idea sparked by one of our Coloured Pencil students Robert Kidner. Look out for his coloured pencil artwork later this week.

We thought we would start our Day One artwork though by showing completed student Alan McMahon still life drawings. Alan has created two drawings and also took a photo of his still life set up so that his tutor could see what he was working from. This is very helpful for the tutor as they not only see the general overall colour scheme and composition, but they can also see the light and shade which is very important. Adding light and shade into your work is key – it allows your objects to look and feel three dimensional.

Alan has used the light from a window to his advantage here as you can see in his photo and drawings below. Alan started with the black and white pencil study which helped the understanding of the tones in the scene. Then Alan created his final piece in colour, drawing it out using graphite pencil and then using coloured pencil to render it.

We hope you have enjoyed viewing Alan’s artwork. We have another coloured pencil drawing to follow tomorrow!

Day Five – Charlotte Kaill

We are ending our week of Illustrating Children’s Book students artwork on a scary piece! day five today and its the turn of student Charlotte Kraill, who has illustrated the poem ‘ When All is Dark’. We are loving it’s spooky feel. It is fabulously designed, beautifully rendered and would definitely spark any young child’s imagination.

We hope our readers have enjoyed this week of illustrations. Next week we have a week dedicated to coloured pencil and have lots of wonderful pieces of artwork to share and inspire.


Day Three – Daniel Baciu

We are now on day three of our Illustrating Children’s Books artwork week and todays illustration is by Daniel Baciu. Daniel studied the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma with tutor Maggy Roberts and passed with flying colours. You can see one of Daniels illustrations below which is absolutely beautiful illustration. So many wonderful colours, lots of things to see and plenty of movement too. Congratulations Daniel on a superb illustration.

If you are enjoying our week of Illustrations and you have always wanted to have a go..why not pop over to the London Art College website and take a look at the children’s book illustration course. Study at home and draw in your own time! Perfect!

Day One – Eileen Thorogood

We hope our students here in the UK have all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. We thought it would be a great idea to dedicate this week to students who are studying the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma course. The course is tutored by Maggy Roberts as an online course with the London Art College. So this is Day one of five full days of blog posts for illustration artwork. Maggy emailed a lovely piece of artwork and requested it to be shown on the blog for other students to see.

Maggy said…

“Here’s an image from student Eileen Thorogood who has just completed myIllustrating Children’s Books Diploma course with Distinction. It shows trim marks and I wanted them kept in and be shown on the blog so that other students can see that it has been marked up correctly.”

We wish Eileen the best of luck with her future illustrating career, we are sure she will go far. Stay tuned for tomorrows illustration instalment.

Komal Pankhania

My name is Komal Pankhania and I am studying the Drawing and Painting Online Art Course with the London Art College. My artwork below is in Acrylic and also one still life painting in soft pastels.

1. The painting is inspired by nature in which I have tried to show mountains and valley with a small village. It was challenging to create small houses.
2. A woman in red dress is Bride waiting in backyard.
3. Woman in night water with  the moonlight reflecting…imaginary painting
4. Women in dark night with the use of different shades of orange white and black.
5. Still life with pastels this was really difficult to control as it is made with soft pastel but it was real fun along with the challenge.
So far I have learned a lot in my course and have seen a huge difference in understanding and using the right way to use different color mediums on paper.
I also have my Instagram account in the name of kreativp where I post daily artwork of mine. You can also follow me on Facebook >>




Lisa M Law – Illustration

My name is Lisa and I’m nearing the end of my Illustration course with Spencer Hill. I have been really enjoying it and thought I’d share some of my pieces. I’ve loved the variety of assignments – including an illustration of how to stimulate chickens, a logo for a magic supplies/coffee shop, a children’s illustration of a woodlouse using a toothbrush as a trampoline (!), and a cartoon strip about anything I wanted.

Spencer has been an amazing tutor and during the course I made a journey from paper to digital and feel like I’ve found my perfect medium. You’ll notice my chosen pieces are all digital – they were done during the second half of the course when I was getting the hang of my new drawing tablet :-).

Thanks London Art College and Spencer. I’m now looking forward to my final assignment feedback and can’t wait to get started on more art projects!

Lisa M Law
Illustration Diploma Course

Naomi Atkinson – Fiery Fred

Naomi is studying the Illustration Children’s Book Diploma with tutor Maggy Roberts.

“With Firey Fred I tried to pay attention the words ‘loose painting’ in the brief, but as I am very new to painting I am finding it quite a challenge! I admit that I have a tendency to be a little too precise with my drawing and painting and so I am trying to rectify this. I tried to keep the colours and shapes bright and bold, but at the end realised I had again not paid enough attention to the light source and shadows so I had to go in after it was dry and add a few shadows to try and rectify this. I was worried that this might ruin the effect, but apart from a few unwanted blobs I think I mostly got away with it. There are a few bits I would change if I was doing it again, particularly the ‘smoky’ bits at the bottom of his tail, I think they spoil it a little, I am also a little concerned that his expression makes him look like he is smirking rather than guilty. It is amazing the difference a small amount of line can make!

I am inspired by the the work of people such as Emily Gravett and Anita Jeram, they have a lovely loose painting and line style and this is what I tried to emulate with Firey Fred although I didn’t quite hit the mark. I also enjoy the energy and comedy of artists such as Quintin Blake, Ronald Searle and Chris Riddell, but feel a little like no matter how hard I try all of my drawings are coming out resembling Aardman Animation characters (another childhood influence!) I also have a book called ‘Smelly Louie’ by Catherine Rayner, her illustrations are very charming with expressive use of mixed media – I aspire to be so unhinged and extravagant!

On the whole I do feel like I am improving, I am finding techniques of getting ideas flowing, though it is always a bit of an uphill struggle to the end! I have been taking a few life drawing classes recently which has really started to help loosen me up and be a little bolder with my mark making”.

Naomi Atkinson
Children’s Illustration Course