Linda Tordoff

We have a blog post today aimed at our Illustrators. Student Linda Tordoff created both of these illustrations for tutor Maggy Roberts whilst studying on the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course. We have added three close up images of the ‘Cow Jumping over the Moon’ illustration as we wanted to show the paint strokes that Linda has created in her work. It’s both painterly and illustrative at the same time – simply stunning and very clever. We hope you like them as much as we do!



Belinda Cullen

Today’s blog post is a bit of a ‘wow’ post! I know our readers and going to view student Belinda Cullen’s watercolours and exclaim – ‘wow’ whilst viewing them! We did! Her studies are simply exquisite and Belinda has a beautiful style of painting and handles the medium superbly. Her practice studies of eyes and ears are almost pieces of completed artwork in themselves. We hope that you all find them as inspiring and beautiful as we do. If you would like to learn how to paint Watercolour similar to this…head on over and take a look at our Watercolour Diploma Course tutored by professional watercolourist Jem Bowden.

margaret kane

A stunning image today painted by student Margaret Kane who is on the Drawing and Painting Diploma course. The painting has been completed in oils on canvas and has been drawn and painted beautifully. The light is stunning. The glass bottles feel very three dimensional which is no mean feat! Have you tried to draw or paint a glass yet? If you havent give it a go. To make it even more challenging fill the glass half way with water. Let us know how you get on!

Janet Hoyland

Student Janet Hoyland submitted these beautiful pieces for one of her Life Drawing and Painting study units. We particularly like the first colour study below. It captures the model really well and there is a lot of movement and flow in Janets pencil strokes. It feels very three dimensional, her weight of line is excellent and we particularly like the way Janet has allowed the top of the models head to be much lighter in tone – being in the full light. This compliments the face and shoulders which are in much more shadow. A beautiful and well thought out study. We hope you enjoy viewing Janets work!


Ann Ray

If any of our readers are interested in studying landscapes, seascapes and skies, our Landscape Painting Diploma Course could be perfect for you. Student Ann Ray has shown below some of her sketchbook work which is really interesting for our students to view. It is so important to keep a sketchbook, whether it’s to note down colours and doodles or to take out with you to draw objects you find on your travels or landscapes. It is kind of like a picture diary for your adventures. Even if you don’t go too far each day, I’m sure students could find something interesting to draw or paint. Ann’s watercolour studies are beautiful and they really describe each scene in a short space of time working on them. It also really helps students when painting final pieces, like Ann has below!