Students work in progress….

Here are some wonderful photos a student took whilst working on the exercise ‘Row, Row, Row your Boat’ for the Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma course with Maggy Roberts. The student has produced a wonderful illustration and I have added a full scan and some details for you to see also. I think this student is doing a superb job on the course and we are looking forward to seeing more of her artwork!

Work in progress….


Full illustration…



Details of the full illustration…..



Open Exhibition – Still Life: Nature and Objects Shaped

This is an opportunity for students to exhibit work under the title of still life, nature and objects shapes. Please note we are not affiliated with the Orleans house in any way.


Open Exhibition – Still Life: Nature and Objects Shaped

Through its annual open exhibition opportunities, Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham helps artists locally, nationally and internationally to showcase their work in group exhibitions across three gallery spaces: Orleans and Stables Galleries in Twickenham and the Riverside Gallery in Richmond. In 2013, we have a further opportunity for artists to submit artwork for an exhibition at the Riverside Gallery entitled Still Life: Nature and Objects Shaped.

This exhibition aims to celebrate the theme of the still life through a variety of subject matter and medium. Introduced in Ancient Greek and Roman art, still life has continuously attracted artists as a genre which enables control and virtuosity in composition and design. This is consistently evident both in figurative and trompe-l’oeil (to fool the eye) works which strive to mirror nature and in more symbolic and abstract pieces. Still Life: Nature and Objects Shaped will explore contemporary still lives from traditional depictions of man-made and natural objects to more conceptual and innovative approaches through mixed and digital media. We are seeking original artwork or prints from UK-based artists in a range of media and styles that reflect the theme.

Artists can submit up to 5 works. Artworks must be submitted as high resolution jpeg files on a CD (please do not include a case), with accompanying A4 sized photographic prints or good quality colour printouts. Original artwork or emailed submissions will not be accepted. Deadline for submissions: 10.00am Friday 18 October 2013. Submissions to: Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ

Please clearly label each submission with: artist’s name, title of work, date, media, approximate size and price before commission if the work is for sale (the gallery adds on 40% commission + VAT on total). In addition, please enclose contact details (including email and postal address and contact telephone numbers), an artist’s statement and CV.

There is a £10.00 administration charge (which also contributes towards exhibition costs); £7.50 concessions (students, retired, unwaged, benefits etc. Please include proof. Please make cheques payable to ‘L.B.R.U.T’. You can also pay by credit / debit card by calling the gallery on 020 8831 6000. Your submission will not be accepted without payment. If you would like submissions returned, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope or stamps to the value of posting submission. Successful artists will be contacted by email or in writing approximately 2-3 weeks after the deadline.

Please email curator Mark De Novellis at for application forms

Graphic Design students artwork

Vanessa, the tutor for the Graphic Design Art Diploma has sent a wonderful piece of artwork to showcase on the blog. Vanessa has said that the solid dark area in the foreground really helps the viewer to establish the main focal point with ease and then the viewer is encouraged to follow the gaze of the figure further into the scene, where the mood is revealed.

As a tonal study this is a terrific achievement, even though the scene is busy, the student has managed the tonal values really well and created a super composition. Congratulations to this student, we look forward to seeing more from them in the coming months.


Something to Shout About

We recently posted about the ‘Something to Shout About’ conference and one of our students, Jane Sunbeam, who is currently on our Illustrating children’s books diploma course, attended the conference and summer school. Jane has very kindly written about her experiences below. We are thrilled that she had an excellent time and thank Jane officially for writing this for us!


I was lucky enough to go on both the Summer School and also the conference (if you go on the course, the fees cover the conference).

Both proved to be invaluable and full of information and inspiration. The Summer School (SS) is very different from the Children’s Illustration course at LAC, and both can work side by side, and can compliment each other. The SS is purely focussed on creating a picturebook (with your own story), from character development to a final piece, with inspirational lectures from wonderful tutors and published picturebook author/illustrators (Pam Smy, Brigitta Siff and Marta Altas), and additional lectures by Martin Salisbury, Art Director Ness Wood, and author Emily Gravett with daily tutorials and crits. All students were working towards creating their own picturebook by the end of the course.

I found my work developed so much in that week, and a project I had struggled with for years started to fall into place.

And then we had the conference, which was astounding and so useful, from how best to approach an agent, and the sort of publicity material they liked, to a panel discussion, talks from art directors at Macmillan and much, much more. I have a book full of notes, ideas and tips on how to get your work noticed, and also how best approach publishers. I felt so excited by the end of the day, having had positive feedback about my work and ideas from Sharon Chai.

Having heard negativity from so many people over the years about the publishing industry and how hard it is to get into picturebooks, it was wonderful to meet so many people in the industry and see how excited they are about the field they worked in.

Jane Sunbeam

Illustration West 52

We have just received information about this years Illustration west competition. Please note the London art college are not affiliates with this competition. We wish our students all the best if they enter.

Call for Entries

The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles proudly
presents our 52nd Annual Illustration West,
the largest juried illustration competition west of New York.

Try Out Our New On-Line Entry System!
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2013

Copyright © 2013 Alina Chau

Show Chair
Santosh Oommen

Alina Chau
Donato Giancola
James Gurney
Iain McCaig
Bill Perkins
Will Terry
Will Weston
William Wray


Check out to see last year’s accepted artwork.

Maintenance – Tuesday 13th August

Maintenance – Tuesday 13th August

On Tuesday, 13th August we intend to move this site to a new server starting at 09:30 BST (08:30 GMT). We anticipate this will take around an hour. During the migration, the site will be in maintenance mode. When the migration is complete the site will be taken out of maintenance mode and students will be able to upload as usual.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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