Jackie Davies – Landscape Painting Course – Skies!

Student Jackie Davies has been studying skies for an assignment on her Landscape Painting Diploma Course. Jackie has not only been working in her sketchbook creating sketches and colour studies of skies, she has also been creating some finished paintings in acrylic, watercolour and pastel. You can see seven of Jackie’s paintings below.

John Constable also studied skies during his life as a landscape painter and you can see his Cloud Study from 1822 below. It shows a superb understanding of the moment of the clouds as well as their structure. It can be tricky to describe their three-dimensional volume, however Constable has achieved this beautifully…as has Jackie in her work too. Clouds and sky were a big part of Constables landscape work and it only sees right to continually practice the different and ever changing sky scenes as much as painting trees, hills, hedges, ponds and rivers.

Jackie’s Sky Paintings…..

Alison Smallwood – Watercolour Painting

We love this painting by student Alison Smallwood. It watercolour painted on stretched cold pressed watercolour paper and the overall colour pallet Alison has used is very natural. Alison looking down on the flowers, makes for a wonderful and interesting composition.

Do you like to paint in watercolour? If you have created a painting recently for your course, why not email it to us for inclusion on our blog!


Elena Statham – Illustrating Children’s Books

Hi, my name is Elena and this is my first assignment for Illustrating Children’s books course wet on wet collage and Row your boat. At the beginning it took me ages to find the theme for the collage, and I was terrified to put anything on a paper. I tried to look at books and photos, then one day I walked in a park and it hit me, it’s hydrangea season! Where ever you go you see beautiful bushes of vibrant blossom! That’s how my collage was born. I developed a few characters that live on a bush, so when I started to work on a second part of assignment I thought to use the same characters going on a magic adventure on boat made of leafs! Also I really liked the vibrant colors of the collage so I used my leftover wet on wet paper for Row your boat!

Elena Statham
Illustrating Children’s books





Ann Rae – Landscape Painting Diploma Course

We love this painting by student Ann Rae and felt we had to show it here on our college news blog. Ann is studying on our Landscape Painting Diploma Course  and has captured an artist painting a portrait of a man in an outdoor scene in her painting.

The overall colour scheme is very natural and Ann has created many wonderful textures with her brush and the oils to convey the different textures within the scene.

We particularly like the light and shade she has created with the darker cooler greens under the artists easel. This helps to allow the easel to stand firmly on the ground and also allow the eye to fall onto the man sitting on the edge of the scene in the sunshine.

There are so many stories the viewer can conjure here and this makes for a superb painting. A piece that you can study and ponder upon. Well done Ann!




Vinaya Mahesh Deyannavar – Taj Mahal

My name is Vinaya Mahesh Deyannavar, currently completing the Drawing and Painting Diploma Course with the London Art College. My passion towards art is from my childhood. I do pencil sketches and paintings with different media. I feel graphite pencils are more friendly as they leave grey or black marks that can be easily erased. And most important you will get in different ranges. In starting days of my pencil works, I used to work with only one grade of pencil that is H. I could not understand the importance of different pencil grades. But once I started using them, I came across the different tonal range they produce. While doing assignments in my course, I truly experimented very effectively. I still feel I am experimenting to know the importance of different grades because learning is never ending process. Below I have experimented with Derwent graphite pencils.

Derwent Graphic pencils are available in 20 grades. Softer Graphite Pencils are with range 9B to H, medium graphite pencils are with range 6B to 4H and hard graphite pencils with range B to 9H. They are very easy to hold and provide proper grip to fingers while working, because of their shape. While working you feel free and smooth flow of pencils with their sharp pointed tip. Hard grade pencils sharpen well with sharpeners while soft grade pencils with cutter blades.

The following image of Taj Mahal is done with Derwent Graphic Pencils with range 4H to 6B. With its intricately detailed exterior, the majestic Taj Mahal is one of the world’s most wonderful works of architecture. By referring the original photo I have tried here and explained a step by step drawing.

Using grade H, I have drawn a outline sketch as shown. It required very little pressure to achieve lighter tones, since outline sketches should be erased at later stage. While erasing I found very easily and cleanly.

Using grade F, I have added the details to the outline sketch. I loved using grade F, since it sharpens to very fine point. Under minimum pressure itself, it achieves little darker tone lines.

Using grade 2B, I have added details to one of the four minars (pillars) of Taj Mahal. Since the light hit is on left hand side, right hand side is shaded with darker tone 4B grade pencil. To get the darker shades, consistent and free flow of pencils is enough, no need of extra pressure to achieve it.

Using the same grade 2B, I have added details to dome of Taj Mahal. Using grade 3B, I have enhanced the architectural details like texture of the masonry, windows and doors.

I totally enjoyed producing the exterior view of wonderful architectural works of Taj Mahal. Derwent pencils really helped me by producing a full tonal range of marks. I feel these pencils are perfect for pencil lovers and artists to produce their effective sketches with complete satisfaction in artwork.

Once the Taj Mahal was completed, I experimented further with pebbles and water droplets using the full range of Derwent pencils. I hope you like it.

Vinaya Mahesh Deyannavar
Drawing and Painting Diploma Course