Have you entered our competition yet?

If you haven’t already entered our London Art College official 2017 art competition, you only have two days left to enter! It can be any medium, any subject and it doesn’t have to be coursework (excluding photography). We have received an astonishing amount of entries this year, thank you to all of our students who have entered so far.

Email your favourite piece of work that you have completed to entries@londonartcollege.co.uk today!!!

Best of luck to everyone!


Hilde Orye – Botanical Painting

Botanical Painting tutor Shevaun Doherty sent us some of her students work this week to be included on our blog. We have included some crops of her work as the details are superb!

Tutor Shevaun Said…

Hilde Orye has just received a Distinction for her work on the Botanical Painting Diploma Course. Although she has had some previous experience, she started using watercolours for the first time on the course. It just goes to show that if you put in the hard work and practice, you can really achieve great things! The paintings are Olea europaea, and Rosa ‘Bukavu’

Shevaun Doherty




Charis Simpson – Illustrating Children’s Books

A wonderful testimonial from Charis Simpson who has been working with tutor Maggy Roberts on our Illustrating Children’s Books Course.  We have included a few of her stunning pieces of artwork too. We wish you the best of luck Charis, with your future illustrations.

I have learnt so much from this course and really feel I have progressed from when I started almost 2 years ago. I have learnt how important it is to follow the brief! As well as different techniques, character development, line work, different mediums and technicalities to consider. Thank you for all of your guidance.
Charis Simpson

Welcome to new tutor Monique Piscaer Bailey!

We would like to officially introduce a new tutor to our team – Monique Piscaer Bailey. Monique is going to be helping Spencer Hill tutoring our Digital Illustration Course. We asked if Monique would write a little about herself and show some of her work below. We hope that you enjoy reading all about her!



I am Monique Piscaer Bailey. I am an artist, a children’s book illustrator and an art teacher.

I was born and raised in South Africa. My father was an old school sign-writer and amazing oil and airbrush artist. As a little girl I would sit and watch him in his studio, and I could see the joy that took over him when he was painting. It was something I desperately wanted a slice of.

One day (I must have been six or seven years old) I found an illustration in a book and I decided I wanted to copy it. I quietly sat in my room and using a cheap piece of paper and my school pencil crayons, I did just that. I copied it line by line and I got it! It was as if I’d always understood the mechanics of drawing. It came naturally …the visual information, seen through my eyes came out of my hand, guided by the pencil. I knew then and there that art was going to be an integral part of who I am and what I wanted to do.

Digital art is a wonderful medium. You can edit an manipulate lines, make objects bigger or smaller, rotate parts or flip them on their head. You can scan in your drawings, add backgrounds, retrace them and explore the tools to create different techniques. The colours are vibrant and explosive but can also be transparent or layered. The options are endless and the learning never stops.

Spencer Hill has taught me everything I know about digital illustration. He is a fantastic teacher and a beautiful human with a quirky sense of humour. We get along like peas and carrots & I couldn’t be happier working with him. It is an absolute honour to be part of the London Art College and its dynamic team.

Here’s to transforming your art to a whole new realm in the same way he transformed mine.

Lynn Marie Stuart-James

These two studies, broccoli and hydrangea, are two of four coloured pencil drawings for my final assessment for the Botanical Coloured Pencil Diploma. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils, blending different coloured pencils to acquire the required colours and tones, and also used a Derwent Blender in parts. All studies are completed on Fabriano Classico 5, 50% cotton watercolour paper, 140lb. This course has certainly improved my observation and appreciation of botanical art.

Lynn Marie Stuart-James
Botanical Coloured Pencil Course






Paula Huckfield – Beginners Painting

Are any of our readers struggling with painting? What about mixing colours? Are you afraid to try new mediums? Paula Huckfield took the plunge and decided to embark on our Beginners Painting course to help her with her watercolour painting, along with trying out new mediums. This is one of her watercolours below and we feel she has created a fabulous landscape. What do you think?

The Beginners Painting course is a short course which is a wonderful introduction to painting. It usually takes students around 3 months to complete, however, don’t worry if time isn’t on your side and you are busy. The course can be fitted within your schedule quite easily. Visit our website or drop us a line to see if we can help you with your painting!


Amelia Whiffin

Starting off the week with a beautiful coloured pencil drawing by student Amelia Whiffin. When Amelia submitted this for one of her assignments, she also enclosed a photo of the scene she worked from. Many students paint or draw from life, however its not always possible. Taking your own reference photos or using copyright free photos are great ways of practicing painting or drawing.

Amelia has handled the many colours and tones of green well, which is particularly difficult in coloured pencil. Its not easy to layer blues and yellows to achieve green and so its important to have a good selection of green coloured pencils to work with, adding blues and yellows on top if required.

We hope that you find this helpful and inspiring and we look forward to seeing your coloured pencil drawings. Why not email them to us for inclusion on our blog.

Harjinder Gurnham

My name is Harjinder Gurnham and I am currently working on the Watercolour Painting Course with tutor Jem Bowden. I painted these last autumn for my second assignment for the Watercolours course. The apples had been just harvested and as it is always difficult to decide, for this assignment, I decided to do still-life. The knife was added to suggest the big task ahead to prepare the apples for the preserves to be yet made. On the later version I added a couple of pink roses for contrast but also to suggest the waning summer. I read somewhere that still- life is like a poem so this is what I attempted. I love poetry and have taught literature all my working life. I took up Watercolours when I retired four years ago, and I really have enjoyed this course even though it has been tough going.

Although the two paintings seem quite different in colour, I used the same colours with the exception of the blue and brown. In the bluer version I used Windsor Blue (Red shade) and Burnt Umber; French Ultramarine Blue and Raw Umber in the yellower version. The other colours were Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin Crimson. I like sable brushes better and used sizes  8 and 12 Round, size 2 and 4 Rigger along with a large mop.

Harjinder Gurnham
Watercolour Painting Course

Paintings Entitled – Last of the Summer