Transport for London Competition

We have a request from Transport for London who are looking for a student to take photos for a competition they are running. If any of our students are the successful applicant, let us know! As always the London Art College is not affiliated with this offer and students enter at their own risks.


Take a walk, take a picture and share for the chance to win photography gear!

Transport for London is celebrating walking for leisure by encouraging people to share highlights from their favourite walk around the capital by taking a photo. Everyone can get involved – from the ardent photography enthusiast, to someone who simply likes to capture the occasional magical moment on their camera phone.

What we are looking for are images that encapsulate your favourite walk and make it special to you. For the opportunity to win some fantastic photographic gear, shoot your picture then email it with a brief description of the location and what inspired you.

The picture judged to be the best photographic entry will win a Samsung NX300 Smart Camera and tripod. The runner up will scoop a Nikon Cool Pix 3600 compact camera. There are also a host of consolation prizes of cinema memberships and tickets at Picture House cinemas.

The link to further information is here: so feel free to attach that to your correspondence for entries.

The closing date for entries is May 31st.

Please email your entries to:

Standard TfL Metropage competition rules apply.

Heathers recent commissions…

Heather Robertson, who is currently studying our Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma with Maggy Roberts, contacted us recently as she has been commissioned by her local church to complete a series of paintings for them. Heather has so completed two paintings to date and we have added them below along with a piece by Heather explaining a little about them. We are really looking forward to seeing Heathers next instalments and we will hopefully post them here when they are ready! Congratulations Heather, on two wonderful paintings!


The church my parents attend was recently knocked down to make room for a new church building and a doctors surgery. The new church is now complete, and they were looking for someone to do some artwork to brighten up their entrance lobby.  The church approached me, as they knew of my work through my parents.

At first they wanted a colourful and inviting mural in the front entrance, but decided instead to go for several large canvases which can be rotated throughout the year. I have been commissioned to create all paintings required over the next year, and they have given me the freedom to create these in any style that I feel will work.

This creative freedom is very exciting but also challenging, as there is no clear brief to work from, and I have to think carefully about how I create each piece so that it appeals to everyone. So far I have completed the paintings for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, and will soon start work on the paintings for Autumn Harvest and Christmas. I’ll also be painting a few others early next year.

Heather Robertson (Illustrating Children’s book Diploma)

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Commission Request

We have a request from Niki who is looking for a student to commission some works in a style similar to Beryl Cook (example image below). If any of our students are the successful applicant, let us know! As always the London Art College is not affiliated with this offer and students enter at their own risks.


I am looking to commission a work of with a subject matter of 4 women, preferably in a Beryl Cook type style (birthday gift!).  Please advise if this is a possibility and what sort of price as I am on a limited budget.  I would need this by June.

Thanks in advance,


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Jenny Drew – Cartooning Students Story!

Jenny Drew, who recently completed the Cartooning Diploma and is now studying with Spencer Hill on the Digital Illustration course, has kindly written about her experiences and her work. We are thrilled to hear Jenny is doing so well and we hope that our students find Jenny’s story inspiring!


I always loved drawing and doodling as a child. I bought books about how to be a cartoonist and would sit for hours copying the pictures. Children at school would ask me to draw lizards for their science projects and I made a pop up cartoon book of the Three Little Pigs for a project and got an A*. But it was a difficult time for me and somewhere along the way I forgot about drawing. I’ve spent the last 10 years being a youth worker, which I love, but I always felt like I missed out by not taking art any further. Then somebody suggested I mix the two and do an art therapy diploma. Because art therapy is about expression rather than technical ability I felt able to start drawing again. People liked my cartoony drawings about therapy and my childhood worries and encouraged me to start making cartoons again. I looked into various courses but none of them seemed like they would be affordable or fit around my job. I took up an evening course at a local college. That didn’t work out because I was always tired after work and I didn’t enjoy sitting around a cold classroom with only 5-10 minutes of one-to-one tutor time. So I dropped out of that and looked up online courses – which is when I found London Art College. I googled the tutor of the cartooning diploma – John Byrne – and instantly recognised his drawings as the cartoons I used to copy as a child, so I signed up.

I didn’t have much confidence as I hadn’t drawn anything for years and I obsessed about not being good enough. When I first filled in the ‘what do you want from this course?’ introductory sheet I said I had a vague hope of one day writing a graphic novel but that seemed completely unattainable at the time. But I found that the course was really good at setting tasks suitable for any level and my confidence grew each time I got feedback and advice from John. He has a really important quality in his tutoring of being able to find out what my goals are, and giving specific relevant direction whilst being really positive and encouraging.

During the course I set up a website –

Loads more has happened since then – John put me in touch with someone who is looking to get a book of his illustrated as a comic. I have been commissioned by my local council to run comic workshops with groups of teenagers and make a set of comics to be used in schools. I’ve been given a regular cartoon feature in a local magazine. There are also several other commissions in the pipeline. I am really happy and surprised by it all but it’s made the graphic novel ambition seem that bit more possible.

I’ve now signed up to the digital illustration course and expect that I will sign up to another one after that because I think they have so much value in that it has actually led to me being able to do this as work, rather than just a secret hobby.

Thanks to London Art College especially my tutor 🙂

Jenny Drew

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Draw it…with Spencer Hill!

Mel Giedroyc hosts a new TV show where two celebrities pair up with a different daily contestant in order to help them win a cash prize. Our very own Spencer Hill, tutor for our digital illustration course and Illustration for iPads, is today’s contestant!

The game itself consists of three rounds of timed drawing challenges.The two contestants who have the highest scores across the week come back to play on Big Money Friday with the chance to walk away with over £50,000. Spencer is on both today’s episode and Fridays too.

If you would like to watch the show, its on Channel 4 (in the UK) today at 4.30  –