Rebecca Davidson – Children’s book Illustration

My name is Rebecca Davidson and I am currently taking the Children’s book illustration course with tutor Maggy Roberts. I started the course a while ago, but due to having my long awaited daughter, I have extended the course a couple of times. I now have time to dedicate to the course each day which is great.

Continually drawing, sketching, doodling and thinking about each submission has really helped me focus and develop my ideas. Maggie has been really helpful in her feedback with pointers on what I should think about for the next submission. I have started to spend more time looking at other artists and illustrators work and find reading articles written by artists about how they manage to work commercially really inspiring. I am really hoping I can move on to the Children’s Book Illustration extension course after completing this course as I would love to work commercially as an illustrator.

I do find each submission a challenge as some of the techniques used are outside my comfort zone. I like to think of ideas for interpreting the brief that meet the criteria, but have an original twist to them. I love looking at other students work both on the Children’s Book Illustration course and other London Art College courses so have included some of my images below.

Rebecca Davidson
Children’s Book Illustration Course

Set One Assignments – Wet on Wet Exercise

Set One Assignments – Row, Row, Row Brief

Set Two Assignments – Sebastian’s Sink City Brief

Set Two Assignments – Drawing Exercise

Elisa Orchard – Pet Portrait Course

Elisa Orchard is currently working through our Pet Portrait Diploma Course tutored by gale Mason. Elisa has sent us her pastel portrait of a horse for us to add on the blog. We are delighted to add it here for our students to view.

Elisa said…

I really want to be able to use pastel as I love the intensity of the colours but I do find it tricky. In the horse picture I used pastel for the overall horse’s head then fixed it with spray. I then added the reins after with white pastel predominantly and really sharp pencil to add detail. I tried to concentrate on the reins. I think I am becoming more disciplined with making the image more precise to reflect the original.

We are really looking forward to seeing Elisa’s next set of work and posting it for every one see!

Rosalind Moll – Landscape Diploma

Rosalind Moll has now completed her final set of work for her Landscape Diploma and we are thrilled to add three of her final paintings here on the blog. Rosalind has said about the caravan piece. ….I found this old abandoned caravan in a field near Broadlands Holiday Camp. Years ago it would have been used for holiday makes, hence the bright colours. Although I could only see the back of the caravan, as i couldn’t get into the field, I still think it names an interesting subject.

Rosalind has very kindly said…

I have enjoyed this course immensely. Alan is a brilliant tutor. This was my fourth course – and the best!

My motivation was improved by having to get out and about more to sketch, paint and take photos for the landscape paintings. Also I can see an improvement in my work.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you immensely for your useful critiques and kind words which have certainly given me to much more confidence in my artwork. I have loved every minute of this course and painted subjects that i could never had though to paint. its been great to thank once again.

We are thrilled that Rosalind has enjoy her course and we wish her the best of luck with her future pieces!

Alan’s Crowd Funding….

The Collective London is a digital marketing agency based on Roseberry Avenue, EC1 – central London. They have kindly agreed to host a view by appointment show of Alan Dedman’s latest artworks.

The exhibition will include traditional, classically formed pieces developed in the style Alan Dedman encountered at the Royal Academy Schools (when Peter Greenham was Keeper) and the more expressionistic, experimental aspect of his ouevre. This consists of spin paintings into which figurative subject matter has been worked/placed. Vibrant, emotional use of colour coupled with expressive use of paint; manipulated using a post-modern, action painting technique – makes for a unique presentation of age-old subject matter – the portrait and the nude.

The show runs throughout May 2017 and there will be opportunity to view two evenings a week. Alan Dedman intends to present a series of talks about his work and related topics during this period. Each presentation will last approximately twenty minutes; there will be time for questions and discussion afterwards. Refreshments will be available.

Funds are required for the project to cover all costs including things such as insurance, publicity, transport etc. Alan Dedman ahs launched a crowd funding page at:

If you would like to donate, please visit the page where you can make payments via PayPal. Your attention, consideration and support are much appreciated.

Edward Javier – Day 4 – Developing Drawing skills for painting

We hope that you have been enjoying following along with student Edward Javier (Oil Painting Art Course)on his journey with oils and watercolour. Todays final instalment is with charcoal and his final piece is absolutely stunning. Congratulations Edward on a fantastic submission, and superb artwork throughout. Top marks from us.

Materials :
Thick sticks (The thickest I can find)
Kneaded Eraser & Rubber Eraser
Workable Fixative

I marked the placing and sizes of the objects into the canvas

I applied the dark tones.

I darkened the background to bring the objects forward.

Finished Piece

We would officially like to thank Edward for allowing us to use his PDF to show on our blog and we are sure that our readers have enjoyed viewing it this week. Please do comment below as we would love to hear feedback from students.

Edward Javier – Day 3 – Using watercolours to revise your understanding of working with oils

Edward has now move on to working with watercolour for his still life setup and you can follow his progress below along with seeing his final painting.

Pencil(Burnt Umber colour)
Cup to hold water
A4 Watercolour paper
Watercolour paints
Watercolour brushes
Watercolour palette

Make a still life drawing using the setup from the above exercise.

Apply the initial tone into the drawing.

Apply second layer of wash.

Final Painting

Final Instalment Tomorrow….

Edward Javier – Day 2 – Light and how we see colour

If you have been following along, yesterday we showed Edwards Javier’s colour wheel step by step. Today we are following his oil painting which fits with the exercise ‘Light and how we see colour’. Edward is currently taking the oil painting course with Alan Dedman. hop on over to our website if you would like to have a go for yourself!

Materials :
A picture of still life
Spirit based marker
Tracing papers
Oil painting brushes
Oil Paints Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, White, Ivory Black, Burnt Umber,

Still Life Setup – I arranged a few objects I can pick up and took a photo.

I had the photo printed out in an A4 sized paper.

I traced the outline of the picture into an acetate paper using marker

I aligned tracing paper on top of the acetate and started tracing the outline with pencil. I created 3 copies of the pencil drawing.

I painted on all 3 images.

Three coloured copies of three versions of still life created with black outline.

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3

Compare the colour schemes on the meaning of the original image.
Image 1 – I followed the colour scheme of the original picture. This colour scheme seems to give joyful vibe.
Image 2 – I tried to paint the image with cooler, darker colour. This image seems to give a more dramatic and gloomy vibe.
Image 3 – I tried to use the colour combination seen on sunset. Somehow, this image also gives me a gloomy vibe, as though the day has come to an end. Perhaps its because the background is a bit too dark.

Making a final painting of the preferred colours.

Next instalment tomorrow….




Edward Javier – Day 1 – Colour Wheel

Oil Painting student Edward Javier has completed set three of his course and emailed the most wonderful PDF of his step by steps and his process. We are going to split Edwards submission over the next few days so that everyone can follow along to see what he has been created. It is well worth staying turned. Edwards final piece is fantastic!

The colour wheel 

Acrylic Gesso
Primed water color paper
Pencil & eraser
Ruler Bowl for drawing circles
Oil Paint (Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue & White)
Oil Painting brushes

Step 1 – Drawing the wheel

Step 2 – Using oil paint, start painting the wheel, I started with yellow because its the easiest to contaminate.

Step 3 – Complete the rest of the colours, clean brushes throughly between colours.

Final Output

Come back tomorrow for the next instalment!

Alex Hughes – Painting Birds

Chinese brush painting student Alex Huges has been practicing painting birds as you can see from his illustrations below. Tutor Monika Cilmi has been helping with advice and guidance while Alex has been working through the course.

We have also found a fantastic resource online which may be of use to our students who are taking our Chinese brush painting course. Its by the ‘Helpful Art Teacher’. The page on painting birds houses lots of YouTube videos, photos, illustrations, diagrams and paintings of birds. It really is a must see, its a very long page – Painting Birds >>