Portrait Painting Course – Deimante Bruzguliene

This is an absolute superb study created by a student who is currently studying with the London Art College tutor and professional artist Alan Dedman. Deimante Bruzguliene is currently working through the distance learning course  Portrait Painting Certificate Course and has been practicing features of the face – eyes, nose and mouth.

Deimante has an excellent style of drawing and we really like the way she has developed her style, being able to describe the undulations of the skins shape and form. She has achieved three dimensional form and superb depth of tone within the eye and enabled the eye to shine using the highlight.

Our Portrait Painting Course is open to all who would like to study painting and drawing portraits from life and from photos. The course will guide you through the different mediums and give a good introduction to them so students can experiment and practice and develop their techniques.  Visit our website today for more information – Online Art Courses >> 

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Welcome to our new Botanical Tutor

We are pleased to announce that Sandrine Maugy has joined out team of course tutors and is taking immediate responsibility for new students joining our Botanical Illustration 2 course. Existing students on that programme will continue in the care of Jo Konopelko.

Sandrine is French and speaks fluent English having lived and worked in the UK since 1994. She is a Member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a Member of the Society of Floral Painters. Her work, which is of a consistently high standard, has won many awards including a Silver Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Her career as a Botanical Artist started after she successfully completed a Botanical Illustration course with the London Art College in 2001 gaining a Distinction. She holds now teaching qualifications and regularly holds classes as well as acting as Tutor on the Society of Botanical Artist’s distance learning Diploma course.

Sandrine explains that her work is inspired by Nature, colour and light and she is regular contributor to the Artists & Illustrators magazine including their “Ask the Experts” feature. More examples of her work can be seen in the magazine and on her web site www.sandrinemaugy.co.uk

We are very happy that Sandrine, having started her very successful career with one of our courses, is now coming back to help new students benefit from her experience and expertise.

Childrens Illustration – a Students Story

Maxine Lee has very kindly written a few paragraphs for us and sent us a piece of work for us to post on the college news blog. We have actually use Maxine piece in this years student of the year poster, hopefully Maxine will submit one of her pieces for the competition. We wish her the best of luck with her future work.

“I’ve always been interested in arts and crafts but didn’t really pursue it until I had my first son in 1999 – at that point I was dead set on multimedia and web design and did an HND in Multimedia Arts. By the end of that course I was more interested in the arts side and went on to do a BA in Digital Arts which included lots of animation and film work. As soon as Id completed my degree I went on to teach Graphics and Multimedia whilst working freelance as a designer, web designer and digital illustrator for editorial. Basically I was stretching myself too thin and with the arrival of my second son in 2007 I took a step back and realised I needed more focus.

After a long maternity break I went back to work part time but this time as an Art Technician as the lecturing Id been doing beforehand took up lots of my spare time with paperwork etc.. I also decided to concentrate on the one area that I truly love which is illustrating for children. My work up to this point had been almost completely digital as I have had no traditional art training past A Level where I had studied sculpture/fine art. Its been a steep learning curve but I’ve found acrylics suit my way of working best – thick, bright colours and simple characters. I still get frustrated at times but if I could give any advice it would be to plan your colour scheme before sitting down to paint, unless you have a white background, never paint onto a completely white piece of paper, make sure you know every inch of what you are about to paint and relax…I always listen to my favourite music whilst Im working.”

Botanical Illustration – A students story

Theresa Smith has just undertaken the Botanical Course one and is hoping now to move onto the second botanical course. Theresa has kindly written a piece for us below and its accompanied by some of her lovely work. The standard of her pieces are very high and I am really looking forward to seeing what Theresa produces on the next course.

“As is often the case, I enjoyed art as a child but didn’t continue with it seriously on leaving school.  I’ve worked as an architectural technician for twenty something years so have a great deal of technical drawing experience, but attempts to get back into artistic drawing and painting have been short lived.

Plants and wildlife were always favourite subjects in childhood drawings so a year ago I enrolled on the Botanical Illustration 1 Certificate course, hoping it would help me focus on getting going again and move forward with my artwork.

Once into the course I thoroughly enjoyed working through the exercises and easily found the motivation to work at them on regular basis. I’ve gained a great deal of satisfaction from completing the course and do feel my work has improved because of it, with many thanks going to my tutor, Lynette Conway, for her help and advice.

Lynette was tremendously encouraging throughout, so much to say that I am now making a start on Botanical Illustration 2 Certificate course.”

Pet Portrait Diploma Student

Anna Valente has just submitted her final set for her Pet Portrait Diploma and we are pleased to post her testimonial and story below along with one of her pieces of work. Her horse painting is full of movement and atmosphere and we look froward to hearing more from Anna and her paintings.



I dedicate this to my mum Anita and my dad Anthony Valente, and Melanie Phillips my art tutor. My name is Anna Maria Valente, my parents encouraged me to paint, mum was my teacher, stop she would say, too dark, and its quite nice, she smiled when it was really okay. My father took me to my classes to Irene Ann who was my first art teacher at the Barnton Art Studio when I was 18 and she use to let me use the framing machine. I now enjoy attending my local art club.

Melanie suggested the horse to be shown here, I did it with medium of Acrylic and watercolour and Gouache to highlight it. I have just started to paint animals I love doing birds and flowers, I love watercolours and i like doing pastels. I am proud of getting my Diploma of Painting and Drawing with Merit too,  thanks to Mrs Hill who was very patient with me. I  did all this when mum was in the nursing home, I had an exhibition there also.  I looked up to Prince Charles when I  was younger, and liked his art work, when I saw them.

So many thanks to all and my tutor Melanie and Mrs Hill and all of my friends that have helped to sell some of my paintings for cancer, and gave me the chance in my church with great support.  Kind Regards to all.  Anna Maria Valente.

Students Story – Childrens Illustration

Debi has just completed the Children’s illustration Diploma course and we are proud to showcase her work along with her story on this blog. I hope that you find it inspiring.



“…..After being diagnosed with restrictive health problems in 2005 i needed to find a focus in my life.
I was watching the wonderful Charles Evans programme one day and he really inspired me to pick up my paints again and have a go, I have no formal art training as such and reneged on a place at Art College in the 70’s in favour of getting a job….i needed to fund getting to my Punk rock gigs somehow!

I have worked as a Detail Painter in the past, painting fine china and plaques, after re-discovering the joy of painting again i decided that that was all the therapy i needed, i have always loved Illustration and would sit for hours from a young age trying to emulate the beautiful, highly detailed illustrations in my Faery story books. I wondered if there might be a Home Study course somewhere on this subject, fired up the computer and found this almost straight away!

I enrolled as soon as i could and with the gentle, encouraging and wonderfully humerous tuition of Jan I could feel my confidence returning, I am nearly at the end of the course now and it has taken me a little longer than some due to my health problems ( and the soiree’s into the Pet Portrait world! thanks Melanie and the members of Pet Portrait forum for their wonderful help when i needed to earn some money to fund art materials! )

My goal at the moment is to finish the course and strive to do the best work I can ( and get the trim marks and bleed right for once!!! not my strongest point! ) then embark on the follow up course and see where I end up, but for the moment im enjoying the journey immensely!…”
Debi aka Moonstone