Jan’s artwork….

We asked Jan if she would email us some of her pieces of artwork for the college website and blog and she very kindly send us three lovely pieces of work below. We are so pleased that Jan has developed her artwork while working on the Painting and Drawing Diploma and that she also enjoyed working with Paul Weaver too!


I am doing the Painting and Drawing Diploma Course under Paul Weaver. I have had some absolutely amazing feedback from him, up until now! I have just submitted my last work for the end of the course. I have learnt a lot on the course and I feel my work has changed for the better because of it. I am hoping to go on and do another one, maybe the coloured pencil botanical but I need to save up. I attach a couple of pieces from my course and hope you like them.

They are:-
Sunflowers, in oil. This was my first every oil painting.
Frodo, in oil. My second every oil painting!
My normal and more comfortable place is in watercolour and I attach some flowers done in that medium. I have to say though that oils has certainly grown on me.

I am looking forward to hearing my last set of feedback from Paul and will be disappointed to finish the course. He has been an excellent teacher and I wish I could take him with me onto the next course. Here is hoping for a good mark too!

Jan Knight.

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Cartoon / animation needed for a new music video

We have n unusual request for Cam Cole who is looking for a student to help create an animation or cartoon for his new music video below. If any of our students create anything, let us know! As always the London Art College is not affiliated with this offer and students enter at their own risks.


Are there any students Interested in creating a cartoon or animation for a new music video?

My name is Cam Cole I am a musician/artist and I have just had an album out called “Contribute.” Please check me out here – www.camcole.com

I would like one of the songs to have a music video which is a cartoon or animation. The song in question is “Those Woods” and you can hear it by playing it below or playing it on my website here >>

If you are interested please email me at camscole@gmail.com or you can contact me on my mobile 07597 647 428. 

Thank You!

Pastels Certificate student artwork

Here is a recent piece of artwork from a student studying on our Pastels Certificate Course. The colours, textures and light here is absolutely superb, its a wonderful piece of observational drawing and we are thrilled to be able to display this on our blog.

If any of our students are interested in learning how to use pastel, take a look at our pastels course page >>. The pastels course is run by Monika Cilmi, a lovely tutor who will take you through the course helping you brush up on your observational drawing, similar to the drawing below, and help you advance your techniques in pastel and introduce you to the different papers, pastels and techniques available.


Julie Ann Maguire

Julie Ann Maguire wanted to share a little about her work and herself with our students and readers and we were delighted to share. Julie has just completed the Coloured Pencil Certificate course and we wish her every success in her future art endeavours.


About Julie Ann Maguire

I have been drawing since my late teens and never had the opportunity or income to follow a traditional academic art route, so attending a local art college was never an option. Instead I became a “long-term” student of London Art College, a vocational route which began for me in 2006. Mostly self-taught, I gained a merit in the Painting and Drawing Diploma (2006), a merit in Graphic Design Diploma (2007), a distinction in Portraiture Certificate (2012) and a merit in Coloured Pencil Certificate (2014).

My favourite CP educators/artists are Ann Kullberg and Lee Hammond. Both have been inspirational and their books have boosted my confidence and CP technique. A member of UKCPS since July 2012, my painting “Cradle for an Ape” won Best Newcomer in the 2013 World of Coloured Pencil at Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick, Cumbria. I am influenced by the popart genre and live in awe of Roy Lichtenstein’s legacy.

Coloured Pencil is my favourite medium as it is so easy to work with, no mess and quick to put away – three important facets for a full-time housewife and a part-time, hardworking mum with three children and husband.

I don’t have a website because I am not a commission orientated artist. I am happy to make occasional financial gain when winning art competitions, however, if my art ideas gain admiration and respect whilst providing enjoyment, enlightenment and pleasure to the viewing public, then I feel that I have succeeded in communicating my gift to the individual. I am “friendable” though on Facebook >> 

About Patriotic Still Life

Working mums always try to provide healthy food options for their family whilst giving them a favourite meal. A regular favourite of the Maguire clan, this oven roasted dish provided the source for my inspiration. As it’s a traditional English meal, I was split between a formal or informal composition. Had I chosen informal, the composition may have featured a newsprint set-up! The painting has been renamed from its former “Jubilee in Isolation” title. A few “Ikea” props later, including union jack tea towel and the quintessentially British cuppa, the Patriotic Still Life came into being. The meal was enjoyed by all albeit after several reference photographs were produced! Derwent Coloursoft on A4 White Cartridge, I pride myself in taking as long as necessary to produce an acceptable image, but don’t stop-watch the process since this reduces the fun and excitement as the rendering takes shape.


Julie Ann Maguire

London Art College Competition in Association with Jim Pinnock

London Art College Competition in Association with Jim Pinnock

Author Jim Pinnock has been in contact with us to ask if we would find an illustrator to create a front cover for his book ‘Sparrows with Vertigo’. The book was published in 2011 in digital format by Amazon/Kindle with 50% of the royalties being donated Help For Heroes. The book is now to be published in hard copy and the current artwork for the digital book is not good enough to be used for a paperback printed book. We are creating a competition for our students to submit an illustration for the book and the winner will have their artwork printed on the cover.

We have added a template with the exact dimensions in cms and inches. This template may be opened in your own digital software. Once your design is complete, you will need to turn off the guide layer so that it is not printed on your final product or rejected during the review process. If you are unable to turn off the guide layer, then you will need to format the artwork so that it completely covers the guide layer.

Download Template >>

Also below is a file to download with the text for the front cover, spine and back cover. Type styling is for the student to choose as part of their overall design. Text must not intrude into the barcode area.  Students should submit finished visuals with all type styling included.

Download Cover Text >>

The cover is to be a Matte finish and there are no colour restrictions. Images may be CMYK or RGB colour. All images should be sized at 100%, flattened to one layer and placed in your document at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

Although Students should consider this to be an open brief, so a start from scratch project, they may wish to be influenced by the current ebook cover here >> 

  1. Images used on the original cover include a WW1 bayonet, barbed wire, a dark edifice or castle, and of course, a sparrow.
  2. The cover should convey an atmosphere that is: Dark, Sombre, Dramatic and Sinister, and it should reflect the tragic WW1period.
  3. The design does not need to be continued over onto the spine and reverse cover but the principal colour(s) may flow round. Please bear in mind that approximately 200 words of text (see below) would be on the upper part of the back cover. This would leave the lower part for a panel carrying the ISBN number and barcode.
  4. The novel is to be a 5 x 8 inch paperback of approximately 360 pages.

A description of the book is below.

Book cover brief for Sparrows with Vertigo

It is the spring of 1915 and Britain is at war with Germany. Suddenly the full horror of the War is brought to the small market town of Tadbury in Oxfordshire. Detective Inspector Vic Collins, a resourceful policeman, who has served with valour in the Boer war, is called to investigate a disturbance at Stokehanger Hall. The Hall has recently been taken over by the army and converted into a Sanatorium for wounded soldiers.

Vic’s routine enquiry soon uncovers evil offences against his fellow countrymen that both anger and sicken him. He is determined to stop the criminal process and bring the perpetrators to book. His enquiries develop into a complex investigation which reveals a trail of guilt that goes to the very top of the British government. Vic receives no support from his superiors in the police force and so he decides that unconventional methods will be needed to stop the criminal activity and rescue the victims.

All entries are to be emailed to entries@londonartcollege.co.uk and if you have an y questions please send them to techsupport@londonartcollege.co.uk

Deadline for all Entries April 30th



History of Art Diploma Students work in Egypt…

Stewart Roberts, tutor for the History of Art Diploma and Follow on course Understanding 20th to 21st Century Art Diploma, sent us a photo of one of his students helping cleaning some stones in Luxor. We were very interested to hear more about Rona and her work in Egypt and asked if she would write a litle more about her work. Shge very kindly sent us more photos below. We hope you enjoy viewing them!


On my visit to Deir-el-Medina valley of the Artisans (workers) nestled below the Theban Hills on the West Bank of Luxor (Thebes) where the workers cut and prepared the tombs of the Kings I visited the temple of Hathor.

The picture is inside the Northern chapel dedicated to Amun-ra-Osiris and shows the king before deities Hathor, Isis, Nepthys, Horus, Anubis, Mut and others where today’s workers were restoring and cleaning these exquisite colourful carvings.

Having Just completed the course History of Art  then to find myself going back to Egyptian art 3000 to 300BC helped me to appreciate the wonderful art, craft and design work portraying the life and culture of early Egypt. Amazing I can’t wait to return!!

The first photo of of myself cleaning the stones, the second photo is the lily and papyrus frieze and the third photo is the blue lotus flower associated with rebirth!

Rona – History of Art Diploma





Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil – New course.

Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil – New course.

At last, what many people have been waiting for, an easily accessible Botanical Art course using coloured pencil, online or by postal correspondence, with the London Art College.

This new course written and tutored by botanical artist Gaynor Dickeson, follows the same principals as the very popular Botanical Art Course in Watercolour.

The technique used for botanical art in this course, is more controlled than normally experienced with the use of coloured pencils and it produces stunning botanical pictures with a truly amazing depth of colour.

Many who started out painting botanical art in watercolour, have become intrigued with this ‘new’ medium. Additionally, many who have been slightly hesitant in using watercolour have found that at last they can achieve their dream and paint botanically using the dry medium of coloured pencils.

We seem to be going into a new era where botanical art is becoming very popular and much appreciated. Join us and sign up for this new Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil Diploma course. Read more about it here – Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil >>


Winner of the 2014 Photography Competition

Announcing the Winner of the 2014 Photography Competition

Despite the recent bad weather, students managed to take some wonderful shots for the Photography Competition. We had rainbows and waterfalls, as well as some other wonderful landscapes. The quality was very high and it took the judges quite a while to decide on their final first place; a second place was also awarded.

The winner of the first place for her wonderful picture of her dog went to Sian Perry. Sian will receive a £50 voucher. Second place went to Alan Schreiber for his lovely river shot. Congratulations to them both. If you would like to see the other entries, you may still do so on the forum at:
Many artists take photographs to aid their painting and drawing experience, why not learn how to use your camera by taking the photography diploma course. You already have an artistic eye, why not improve your visual skills and have fun too! You will be very welcome.
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Children’s Illustration Opportunity

We have received an email from Lorenzo Libutti which some of our students might be interested. Please note we are not affiliated with the company below and students take part at their own risk.


My name is Lorenzo Libutti (UK and Thailand based) and together with my wife and team we are creating a company which is based on creating illustrative books for children. We are looking for a designer interested in a long-term project. We are planning in crowd-funding the project on Kickstarter.com from June this year. For the video of presentation that will be inserted in the crowd-funding site, the designer will have to create some sketches for our books. If the designer and us decide there is a base to work together, they will be offered a full-time job within the company. The part time hours we are looking for now is no more than 3-5 a week. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Email – lorenzo.libutti@hotmail.com
Tel – +66 (0) 800152266
Skype: Lorenzo.libutti2


Alan Dedmans Life Drawing

Our tutor Alan Dedman has sent us this exciting news through, if any of our students ware in London and want to take part, please read the details below. We hope that if any of our students attend they have fun and enjoy it. Let us see your artwork that you produce! Please note this not affiliated with the London Art College.


On Wednesday the 12th of March 2014, LifeDraw@N4 will be holding a two hour, tutored session with one of our tutors Alan Dedman. The evening commences at 7pm and runs till 9pm. This is an informal, drop-in group for anyone who wants to do some life drawing. Models vary from week to week. Sessions take place within the Old Dairy Pub, London N4. The group is organised by Alessandra Ferrari Ellis and Julia. (not every class is tutored). Sessions cost £10 per person. Some materials can be purchased at the venue, though it is advisable to equip yourself with an A2 cartridge paper pad, soft pencils, charcoal, erasers and a putty rubber, fixative or odourless hair-spray – and a means of carrying your work.