Laura Ashton

Two absolutely stunning Botanical illustrations today by student Laura Ashton who studied on our Botanical Painting Diploma Course. The first illustration is of two fly agaric fungus (Amanita muscaria)  and the second is a plant called Soapberry. Laura has her own amazing website and you can find her at check out her beautiful illustrations and watch some of her how to paint YouTube videos too! We hope that you are inspired!


Heather Robertson

We have included many wonderful illustrations by student Heather Robertson today who is studying the Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma Course.  Particularly interesting is the first colour illustration. Students are asked to draw realistic sketches of a dog and then another page of illustrations of that particular dog as a character. This helps the students understand the correct form of the animal to be able to accentuate its features for the scene. Here you can clearly see Heather’s thought process by studying her drawings, the final illustration is wonderful and very funny too. We hope you enjoy admiring all of Heather’s artwork posted here today!

Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake has passed her Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course with a distinction. We would officially like to congratulate Jenny and wish her well in with her work for the coming years! Jenny said of her final assignment below…

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and hope to begin the follow on course that you offer. On the ‘Moving House’ design I have chosen to create an image of an owl who has finally found the right home. I wanted to create the idea of the owl sitting on a tree that isn’t as pristine/good enough as he would like. He is sitting on the tree branch looking across at his perfect home, glowing in colour. His new found home is designed within the tree trunk using the branches to created doors and windows, with a built in chimney. I have used colours to show dusk setting in.

Jenny Blake
Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course


Gina Maldonado

Student Gina Maldonado has illustrated the artwork below for the Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma Course . We are very impressed and love the overall feel of the illustrations. The colours are beautiful and really allow you to feel that the animals are gently sailing down the stream on a warm, lazy summers day. The flowers have happy faces and the fish are interacting with the characters well. We could definitely imagine this illustration in a children’s book!


Gary Scarisbrick

An interesting post today by student Gary Scarisbrick. He submitted these two beautiful illustrations to tutor Maggy Roberts for one of his assignments. The first drawing is a preliminary study and the second is a final illustration in full colour. It is great to see how Gary designed his victorian town house showing all of the rooms and furniture. Gary has altered the perspective so that we can also see the front of the house with the doors, windows and balcony. Very clever! The final illustration has a lovely background of terraced houses, with much less detail being a little more muted with pastel colours to allow his main townhouse to be the centre feature. Its all superb. If you are interested in learning how to illustrate for children, pop on over to our Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma Course page to find out more about it.

Nitin Bhojraj

I earned my Diploma in Cartooning from the London Art College. Thank you to every artist who has taught me something along the way, and who continue to teach me. That includes Lee J. Ames, Mark Kistler, John Byrne, Robert Langston, Jennifer Doherty, Christopher Hart, Dan Dougherty, Matt Groening, and of course, Basia Bhojraj.

Since I couldn’t travel to London for my graduation ceremony, I just drew it. Included in this picture are me, John Byrne from the LAC, and my cartoon family. Also, I just did an accounting lecture in which I used my cartoons to illustrate a point. Attached photo below for you all to view.

The following are testimonials for anyone who is thinking about enrolling on a course…

1) I absolutely loved the LAC Diploma in Cartooning program. The material was great, but what I appreciated more was the chance to interact with a professional cartoonist on a regular basis. John was happy to answer any of my questions about drawing fundamentals and the Cartooning business.
2) Enrolling in the LAC Diploma in Cartooning has opened my eyes to what I can accomplish through drawing. As an accounting teacher, my hope was to develop fundamental Cartooning skills to incorporate into my lectures, but now I am thinking of other ways to make money from drawing. Thank you John and LAC!
3) I think the LAC Diploma in Cartooning program will be what you make of it. I could have done the bare minimum to pass the course. However, with a resource like John Byrne, available to answer any of my questions about Cartooning and the Cartooning business, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put forth a strong effort. I found that the more effort I put into the course, the more I got out of it.

Nitin Bhojraj
Cartooning Courses

Elcin Ozcan

Have you ever wanted to try pastels however are a little hesitant as you didn’t know where to start? If so, our Pastel Panting Course might be perfect for you. If you are new to pastel painting or you would like a bit of a refresher course, we can propel you into to a wonderful explorative journey to help you gain your confidence with this beautiful medium. Student Elcin Ozcan has been working through our pastel painting course and has been looking at drawing simple objects such as garlic, fruit and glass vases. It’s all about lighting and Elcin has set up her objects with real care to the scene, working out her lighting, shadows and the background behind the objects too. We hope you are inspired to pick up a set of pastels today!

Evelyn Sichrovsky

We have discussed drawing portraits in some of our previous posts and how difficult and daunting it often is to draw a full facial portrait of a person. So on a number of courses – portraiture painting, Beginners Drawing, Beginners Painting or the Drawing and Painting Diploma – all give you the chance to study facial features.

This is exactly what student Evelyn Sichrovsky has done here. She also has created studies of hands and feet which also can be pretty tricky to draw. Evelyn has such a beautiful delicate touch that her studies are completed artwork in themselves. The study of lips below is stunningly beautiful and we know that our readers will be very impressed by Evelyn’s skill and style of drawing. We hope that it has inspired you to study facial features similar to this – let us know how you get on!