A wonderful study today from student Alex Hughes who is currently studying the Chinese brush painting course. We love Alex’s watercolour techniques and the paper texture works beautifully with the brush strokes – superb piece Alex.
An amazing and very intense piece by student Anne Boland who is studying on the portraiture painting course. Anne has painted this portrait in such a way that we immediately engage with the subjects eyes, its beautifully painted with wonderful skin tones. Congratulations to Anne for a superb painting.
Amelia Whiffin who studied on the Coloured Pencil course completed this superb drawing of her cat Amber. The colours and depth of tones here are superb, congratulations Amelia on a beautiful piece.
In general it can be tricky to create deep tones using coloured pencil and a lot of artists try not to use black at all, or if they are using it, they mix it with other colours. If you are experimenting with your coloured pencils try using dark greens, dark blues and rich browns to create your dark tones as it can often add more depth to your work.
We have received a wonderful email from student Judy Elizabeth Wilson about her beautiful illustrations in a new book that’s being sold for Cancer Research. Contact details are below if anyone would like to order.
A Christmas Journey is a children’s book I recently illustrated. The story is by Donald Hastings. Donald’s daughter Kerry promised her dad she would publish his story earlier this year, It is a story Donald read to his children 25 years ago about two little girls who are getting ready for Christmas when a surprise visitor takes them on an adventure they will never forget! Kerry kept her dad’s promise and the book is now published and on sale. You can read about our continuing journey on our Facebook Page.
If anyone would like to order a book please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The book costs £5.99. All proceeds go to Cancer Research.
Judy Elizabeth Wilson
Illustrating Children’s Books Follow On Course
Linda Brughera from Madrid, studied with Julie Douglas on the Coloured Pencil Course. Linda has very kindly emailed us her two favourite pieces from the course and written a little about them below. We think that Linda’s artwork is absolutely fabulous and her coloured pencil techniques are superb! We wish Linda all the best in her future pieces.
I enclose two of the pieces I did for the Coloured Pencil Course which I consider my favourites – especially because I love dogs and food. “Hugo” the dog was drawn on Canson-Mi Teintes Black paper and the “Maria” cookie was done on illustration board. I mostly used Polychromos (Faber Castell) and Pablos (Caran D’Ache). I think these exercises I did for Julie’s course just show how much I loved and enjoyed this medium. Amazing teacher! Thanks for everything.
Coloured Pencil Course
Designing one of the official Private Eye Christmas Cards has for many years been one of the most coveted jobs for Britain’s Top Cartoonists, and this year one of the artists chosen is our very own John Byrne, tutor of our Cartoon, Sci Fi and Children’s Courses
The cards are available as part of the official set via the Private Eye website…or free to anybody taking out a Private Eye subscription. Congratulations John!
We have just received this wonderful email and artwork from Joanne Taylor who completed the Drawing and Painting Diploma. It has been lovely hearing from Joanne again and we are thrilled that she is doing so well. We hope our students enjoy viewing Joanne’s artwork below.
I just wanted to send you this email as it’s been 2 years this month since I completed the painting and drawing course with London art college and I wanted to show some of my work that is proudly hanging in my little garden studio.
I try all sorts of painting but my love is acrylics and I think I found my style now as I stand back and look at my work, bright and not too realistic – more decorative painting.
So I just thought I’d email you as you were my first real stepping stone and I’m even more obsessed with painting now than I was 2 years ago!!
Joanne Taylor Xx
Drawing and Painting Diploma