Coloured Pencil Student Artwork

William Muldowney is a student who is currently studying on the coloured pencil certificate course and has just completed these pieces of artwork for one of the sets of exercise in the course. We feel that William has captured both subjects well and his coloured pencil techniques are suburb. William will be submitting his final set of work for the course soon and im sure we would be honoured to add it to our news blog when its complete.



Pet Portraits Diploma Artwork

I thought I would blog one of my own students work as I did a batch of assessments yesterday and this horse painting in oils I felt was worthy of a blog post. Julie Longdon painted this portrait in oils on canvas and it was actually for a client who commissioned her to paint her horse. The client was delighted and its not surprising as this painting is stunning. Julie has very nearly completed her pet Portrait Diploma and I am certain she has a very bright career in front of her.


Calling All Childrens Illustrators

We have had a lovely email from Louise Barrett on behalf of Alligator books and she is looking for an illustrator to design and produce artwork for a range of books they are producing. Louise’s contact details are below and if you are the lucky applicant please do let us know!


I am commissioning on behalf of Alligator books Ltd. Currently I am  looking for illustrators for board books 0-2 years, novelty books 3-5  years plus picture books 3-7 years! All age ranges. I am looking to view example copies of students work  as I need to  provide files by August in order to get dummies made for Frankfurt  Bookfair. This is a paid position.
Louise Barrett
01225 469177

Childrens Illustration Coursework

Jac Holmes has recently completed the Children’s Illustration course and we are delighted to show some of her work here. Jac has created two pieces of artwork, the first is called ‘Tin Ship’ and the second is called ‘Seb under skink City’. I have added a couple fo close ups of Seb as it is a double page spread and also added the full version at the bottom. Now Jac has completed the Children’s Illustration course we wish her the very best of luck in her future illustration career.





Young Artists Coursework

We have had a wonderful piece sent in by one of our Young Artists who has just completed the Young Artists One course and passed with flying colours!

This is one of the young students pieces, a pattern from the imagination and  it looks very alive with lots of movement. It was rendered in coloured pencil which is a great medium for young artists to start off with and you can purchase good quality pencils singularly in artshops at reasonable prices. We would recommend any of the Derwent range for young artists to practice with, along with some good quality cartridge paper.


Unveiling our new Coloured Pencil Tutor!

We are delighted to unveil our new coloured pencil tutor – Julie Douglas. We are pleased that she is joining our team of tutors and we know that she will settle in well. Julie has a vast experience in teaching and in the medium of coloured pencil. Her work is exquisite, as I think you will all agree from the examples below. You can also visit her website too. Julie has written a little about herself below and allowed us to use some of her artwork for promotion.

There was a great deal of interest in the position of coloured pencil tutor, the standard of artwork and level of teaching skills were very high. We would like to thank all those who applied for the post and wish them success for the future.

Julie Douglas –


Julie Douglas BA Hons

I trained in graphic design and illustration in Liverpool Poly and Norwich School of Art, and worked as a freelance illustrator for 10 years, with clients ranging from Tesco to Pilkington Glass, Mitchell Beazley, American Express and Paul McCartney. I then began to side-step into teaching. I have been teaching drawing and painting for 15 years now and, as all my students will say, I simply love it. I am now studying for my MA in Art, Design and Education, to broaden my own experience both as an artist and a teacher.

I’m thrilled to be the next Colour Pencil tutor for LAC, and hope to encourage more students to the fun side of working in this lovely medium. I hope my enthusiasm will energise my students into reaching new, rewarding levels with their artwork.




Young Artists Coursework

Hi Everyone,

Here is a selection of recent pieces of artwork from a student currently undertaking the Young Artists two course for ages 7 and above. This student has created a composition of their toys drawn in coloured pencil, drawn and coloured a Lego man and also used the gridding method to help him draw the cartoon character Mario.

I think you will agree each piece of artwork has been superbly drawn and rendered, this young students’ use of colour is wonderful and he is able to create solid three dimensional objects using light and shade. We hope you enjoy viewing this Young Artists work.




Waterstones ‘Picture This,’ competition entires……

We advertised on the blog about a month ago a competition by Waterstones.  Entrants were asked to illustrate a double page spread with full colour sketches of three main characters and two animals from a book written by Julia Donaldson – ‘Freddie and the fairy.’

Two of our students entered and although they weren’t chosen for the final six I think you will agree that their artwork is wonderful. It definitely deserves recognition. The two students are Carrie and Sarah who are both currently studying the Children’s Illustration Course.

Carries work –





Hello, I’m Carrie Osborne… I’m a busy Mum of two little girls – Elora and Elswyth, aged two and five who are both a great inspiration for children’s illustration and take great interest in my coursework! I completed the children’s illustration diploma course in April this year and passed with distinction! I am now doing the children’s illustration follow on course to work towards building a professional portfolio, and hope to pursue picture book illustration as a future career. I would also like to write and illustrate my own picture books, so there is a lot to work towards! This was my first art competition, and a very educational experience I think! Without the encouragement LAC has given me, I would not have entered at all!

Sarah’s Work …….



Students work and sketching…

Hi Everyone,

I get to see a lot of the student artwork that comes into the college and these two have caught my eye this week. Sketching, whether its in pencil, coloured pencil, pen and ink, charcoal etc is all great for improving on drawing skills and observation. Students should be trying to sketch something on a daily basis and we have a sketching thread on the forum for students to get feedback on their work too.

So pick up your pencil and start sketching today!