Tutor Alan Dedman – Collective London

London Art College tutor Alan Dedman is preparing for an exhibition of paintings and drawings (Contemporary Art) from Somerset to central London, during May 2017.

Alan Needs You!
The Collective London, has generously offered to host a view-by-appointment show of Alan’s work during May 2017. To make it happen, funds are required for all costs including transport, packaging, publicity, insurance, private viewings etc. Your contributions can help achieve this. Allowing Alan to present an alternative to the mainstream; Art of Classical provenance, lively, colourful and eccentric.

Visit Alan’s Crowdfunding page and watch Alan’s video below

About Alan Dedman
Alan Dedman is a UK borne artist. Studied at Great Yarmouth, St. Martin’s and the Royal Academy Schools. Of the British tradition in painting – Alan’s work explodes with energy and colour, bridging the Classical/Post-modern divide. His fine draftsmanship, interwoven with powerful and informed use of colour – create an intimate engagement with human subject matter. Currently Alan Dedman operates from his studio in Somerset, where he has exhibited during regional arts weeks and in pop-up galleries. Showing in central London will make Dedman’s Art available to a wider audience and create fresh opportunities for future events.

If you want to find out more about Alan Dedman’s Art visit his Alan’s Art blog  and website Alan Dedman Artist.

Edward Javier – Oil Painting Course

Edward Javier is currently working on our Oil Painting Course under the guidance of professional oil painter and tutor Alan Dedman. The object of this exercise was to paint a view across an interior, through a door or window and into an exterior. Edward drew the corner of a room with a sofa bed. This has given Edward lots of flat tones and three dimensional shapes to deal with.

Edward said…

I am an engineer by profession and work in IT field. Art is more of a hobby for me, something I do on the side as opposed to making a living out of it. Nevertheless I still want to become good at it and hopefully, someday, I would be able to consider myself an artist rather than hobbyist. I want to go beyond landscapes. I want to be able to paint still life, portraits, animals, etc. Hopefully, I’ll be able to achieve these after this course.

Edward has created a fantastic step by step PDF using photos and text, to show Alan how he created his painting. We have extracted parts of it to show on our blog. We hope that our students find it  interesting and learn lots from reading and viewing the images. Let us know what you think, please comment below if you have any questions. We always love hearing from our students!

A4 size Acrylic paper
White Gesso,
Raw Sienna & Middle Grey Acrylic
Acrylic brush for priming
Water Mixable Oil paints (Lamp black, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Titanium White)
Paper towel
Oil Painting brushes
Thinner and Mediums

I mixed the Gesso with Raw Sienna & Middle Grey Acrylic. You can see the photo below showing it mixed.

I taped the reverse side of the papers into a canvas so I can mount it on easel. I applied 2 layers of mixture on each of the paper. After the gesso dried, I reverse the paper and followed same process as what I did for the the back. It’ll dry in few minutes.

Once the primer is completely dried, I used the limited palette to start blocking in the dark portion of the drawing. I used a bit of thinner to improve the flow. I used flat brush #12 for this exercise.

Using the same palette, I have applied another layer of paint on the walls. I have also darkened the bed’s railing and applied highlight. I have also applied highlight on the pillows, bed and bolster. I used a sword shape brush size 1/4″ for this exercise. I have also skipped using thinner for fat over lean rule.

Finished Painting


Mel Newing – collars & dog tongues!

My name is Mel Newing and I am currently studying the Pet Portraits Diploma Course tutored by Galye Mason.  The studies below are for Assignment 4 and I have added a work in progress and the final photo of the collar study. We have to complete 5 pieces all together. A nose, tongue, collar, toy in mouth and horse full face. The pastels are on Pastel Mat paper. I’m finding big love for pastels! Tongue is complete and the collar piece is getting some fur detail. I’d highly recommend people trying pastel – great fun to work with!

To say I’m chuffed with the pencil drawing piece is an understatement.  According to my timer I’ve spent 19 hrs doing it – I think I forgot to turn it off at some point – but it has taken what felt like an age! I know I only needed to do the toy and mouth but I couldn’t help finish this picture – I was so close to scrapping it but sheer stubbornness kicked in and I stuck with it.  The ball sent me a bit fruit loop and I was tempted to make it smooth to make it easier but where’s the fun in easy?!  haha!  Challenge….complete!

Mel Newing
Pet Portraits Diploma Course

Jatinder Ghataora – Cartooning Artwork

Jatinder Ghataora has recently completed our Cartooning Diploma Course and Jatinder chats below about a few of the pieces completed for the course.

Captain America:
My niece wanted a picture of a friend in a Captain America costume. She sent me a picture, I changed the angle of the face from a straight forward view to an a slightly off set view to make it dynamic and added the costume. I opted for flat colours to give it the old American 4 “color” comic look and the background. The recipient was delighted with the result.

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day in the entire month – details: here is my InkTober >>

Last year I opted to link my drawings by Drawing Indian actresses, bar a couple of pieces. 31st October was the Joker, which I had pencilled a while back. InkTober is a good way of ensuring you keep to a timetable. For the 16th October, I drew Anushka Sharma, this is based on a Video  from the film Sultan. For me it is important I enjoy what I draw as the majority of it is for my own pleasure, the Idea of Sikh Hells angels appealed to me.

Jatinder Ghataora
Cartooning Diploma

Hilde Orye – Botanical Painting

Shevaun Doherty, our very talented tutor for the Botanical Painting Diploma Course, has received these fabulous paintings from one of her students, Hilde Orye. Hilda is experienced in drawing and painting however is just beginning to use watercolour. ​Aren’t they wonderful? These are for Assignment 4 on the Botanical Diploma, which deals with pen and ink.

Shevaun said….

This time of year, it is always a challenge to find suitable subjects to paint, but seeds can be a great subject choice as they have such interesting textures and colour. Hilde’s composition is superb and her use of pen and ink is excellent. She began by practicing the tones and stippling technique in pencil,  before progressing to  pen and ink. She did lots of colour charts first, trying out the different mixes in order to get the right colour match. It proves that careful planning and practice really do pay off.

Congratulations Hilde on your wonderful artwork and we look forward to seeing more from you in the coming weeks and months!

Agathe Morisse – Illustrating Children’s Books

My name is Agathe Morisse and I am currently taking the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course with Maggy Roberts. Here are the first submissions I sent to Maggy over the week-end. I’m waiting for her feedback. Exciting and scary at the same time! Read about how I painted them…

Wet on Wet technique:
It was for me the first time using not only the Wet on Wet technic but also water colour paints. I improvised as I went along trying this new medium. I just followed Maggy’s brief with no idea what to expect in the end. The process of cutting the different shape and putting them together to reveal a peaceful scene of nature was really enjoyable. The reason why I never used water colour when painting is that  I remember as a child using it and the result being just really watery, fade, but that was certainly due to the quality of cheap children’s paint. I will now use it very often and hopefully familiarise with it to get better and better results!

Row Row your Boat illustration:
For this illustration I had to think about it for very long before starting to draw anything. I even was waking up at night with the tune of the rhymes in my head sometimes! I tried to dig into my childhood memories and remember what was really making me dream then. I had a passion and fascination for American Indians this is why I decided to have my main character as a little Indian girl turning into the chief of the tribe on the left page. I remember also often dreaming of flying hence the main character flying on top of the eagle. I’m not sure however that the dreamy feeling is entirely obvious, and I think I should have gone further into that direction.
In terms of materials I used watercolours and inks mainly, as they were two new materials I had never used before, so I thought it was interesting to focus on them. For my draft I applied the ink for the contouring first and then the watercolour, but realised that for the detailed leaves of the trees it wasn’t working really well. So on the final project I applied the watercolour first, but for some reason the black ink wouldn’t work so well when watercolour had been applied first. I ended up using really thin fineliner pen to do the leaves.
Here again the whole process was a great way of experimenting and learning along the way.

These illustrations were a really enjoyable way of starting the course. I’ve always loved drawing, painting and arts in general but never really found the time to get more serious about it. The course is a way for me to know how far I could stretch my abilities being guided by professionals. If I can turn it into a side or full time job then brilliant, if not, I know I will have learnt so much it will also be great on a personal point of view!

Agathe Morisse

Maria Lusser – Beginners Drawing Course

My name is Maria Lusser and I am currently taking the Beginner’s Drawing Course tutored by Monika Cilmi.  As part of the course students are asked to submit drawings with increasing complexity and difficulty made with different media such as graphite and colour pencils, pen and ink, colour pencils and pastels. I find this very exciting and challenging and it helps to make fast progress. Monika provides very encouraging feedback and carefully answers my questions.

She asked me if I would like to share two of my recent drawings for the college’s blog. Both are pen and ink drawings and made from reference photos. The first one showing a wall overgrown with ivy was made with a traditional holder, two different nibs and an ink bottle. For the second one depicting a Venetian mask I used two different liner pens. Although the traditional approach results in more characteristic marks I personally prefer the liner pens. They make drawing much faster and less fussy.

Maria Lusser
Beginners Drawing Course

Julie Douglas’s New BOOK!

Julie Douglas was a tutor for London Art College for six years, teaching several courses including Coloured Pencil, and the Drawing & Painting Diploma courses. After great pressure from her students, Julie has written a book on drawing and painting, called ‘Notes from the Atelier’.

250 pages of clear and detailed guidance takes the reader through a year of study, with over 500 illustrations by Julie and some of her students, including past London Art College student Mari- anne Leipmann-Schiller! It has taken 18 months to write, as well as 25 years of teaching experience, and Julie is self publishing.

In his foreword, illustrator PJ Lynch describes ‘Notes from The Atelier’ as ‘a feast of a book’, and calls Julie ‘an extraordinary teacher’.

The book is being printed this week! and it will be launched in April.

We are delighted to say that Julie is offering London Art College students a copy of the book at the pre- launch price of £35, plus P&P. After the launch it will be available on Amazon, where the price will be higher.

The link below takes you to a preview of the book – just click on the large drawing of the cover after you click this link: www.juliedouglas.co.uk/julies-book/notes-from-the-atelier

Any questions or difficulties, please contact Julie on julie@juliedouglas.co.uk You can keep up with Julie and her students on her blog juliedouglasdrawingpaintinglearning.blogspot.co.uk

Daphne Wright – Painting Portraits

Daphne Wright, who is working on our Portrait Painting Art Course, has created a preparatory study along with a finished watercolour painting for one of her exercises. We love the feel that Daphne has created within this piece. The expression she has achieved has a sense of calmness and a serene feel, particularly in the eyes. Daphne has been experimenting with skin tones and shadows and in this instance has used a blue cool colour for the shadows which is great. Blues and purple tones make for excellent colours for shadows.

Have you ever wanted to have a go at painting or drawing people? If so, we have the perfect course for you. You will not only learn how to draw people correctly but you will get the chance to experiment with lots of different art mediums too. Hop on over to our website to find out how we can help you!