Rachel Malpass

This blog post written by our lovely tutor Vanessa Weaver who teaches our Graphic Design Art Diploma Course.

I want to celebrate the work of Rachel Malpass, who has recently completed the Graphics course with a distinction. Many of you might remember her work, as she entered the annual student competition this year with this lovely illustration encouraging tourists to visit Japan. You can see Rachel’s artwork below. This wonderful montage of images has been carefully composed and the I love the extremes of tonal work within it.

For Rachel’s final submission, she designed an advert for a range of baby products, which resulted another fantastic illustration. I hope everyone enjoys viewing this colourful idea. 

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Mark Highfield

Three wonderful pieces of artwork today from student Mark Highfield who is currently studying the Watercolour Diploma Course. We hope you enjoy viewing them!

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Sarah Buckingham

Maggy Roberts, the tutor for the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course emailed me this wonderful image for our blog. We absolutly love the illustration and Sarah said to Maggy…

“The exercise at first filled me with fear as I am not confident with drawing animals. However, I rather love elephants and their majestic clumsiness, so once I got started I really enjoyed the process. I am not a great cartoonist, which I recognise, so I leant towards simplicity of line and trying to capture the movement that told the most story. As with many illustrations, the character took over and my elephant chose to do some yoga, in the way that I imagine an elephant would, with great earnestness yet inhibited by his great size. I tried to keep the colours simple whilst implying texture and mass. Overall, I was pleased with the outcome, which surprised me as I did not think I would be.”

Sarah Buckingham
Illustrating Childresn Books Diploma Course

Alan McMahon

My name is Alan McMahon, and the attached pictures are my submissions for the first assignment in the Colour Pencils Certificate course. I have been using coloured pencils for a number of years, but in particular, I have trouble illustrating trees in the landscape, and I am prone to scribble when making a mark which tends to make detail look scruffy.  I am therefore hoping that the discipline needed to complete of this course will tighten my work. I tend to use Derwent Coloursoft, or Faber-Castell Polychromos, but have recently experimented with the Derwent Artist range.

Cup and Spoon

Both versions are on A4 size 200 gsm cartridge paper.  Derwent Coloursoft were used for the colour version. The set-up was in ‘normal’ living-room lighting, but supplemented by the use of a table lamp positioned on the right.  In the graphite version I played about with the layout of the folds in the tea towel, but ignored the texture on the background cloth.

Cup & Spoon: 

Pepper & Banana

Both versions are on A3 size Winsor & Newton Bristol Board.  The set-up was on a highly reflective dining table, but in a shaded room.  No additional lighting was used.  The graphite version is wider than the colour version, which I decided to crop at the sides in order to (hopefully?) improve the composition. Most of the colour version was completed using Polychromos with some additional work on the background using Coloursoft.

Pepper & Banana: – Graphite Version
Pepper & Banana: – Coloured Version

Wine and Grapes

Completed on A3 Derwent  300 gsm watercolour paper, and using Derwent Artist pencils throughout except for the addition of a dark grey and a deep purple Polychromos in particular areas.  I decided not to put any detail into the background cloth, so that the still-life objects became the centre of attention.

Alan McMahon

Wine and Grapes

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Ecaterina Boricean

Here is a great image of Fiery Fred from London Art College studet Ecaterina Boricean. The drama of the narrative is clear immediately and the viewpoint really adds to the storytelling.
Maggy Roberts
Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course

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Melanie Stephenson

Today’s Spooky Saturday illustration is by London Art College student Melanie Stephenson….

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Nola Sindel

Nola Sindel has created this beautiful botanical study of two peppers for one of her Botanical assignments. One green full pepper and one half cut red pepper.

Nola’s use of watercolour washes and layers are beautiful in both studies. The texture Nola has created for the smooth skin of the green pepper depicts a beautiful shiny texture, whereas the red pepper is completely different. Nola has created a pithy wet look to the inside of the red pepper which captures the pepper stunningly.

We hope that this study of peppers inspires some of our watercolour students and our botanical students to pic up their pencils and brushes to give this subject a go for themselves. Have fun and let us know how you get on!

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Lesley Ryan

Good news everyone, Lesley Ryan, one of my students based in Australia has just completed the Drawing & Painting Diploma Course with flying colours, passing with a Distinction! Lesley proved to be a naturally gifted artist with an enquiring and creative mind.

Combining this with her strong work ethic, she produced some diverse, creative and inspiring work. Congratulations once again Lesley, it has been a real pleasure tutoring you and we wish you every success as you continue your artistic journey for the future!

Paul Weaver
Drawing & Painting Diploma Course Tutor

Lesley said;

I was looking for a good traditional grounding for my artistic education. I wanted to learn how to draw and to learn the basics of colour, composition and perspective.

I wanted to discover different mediums to work in and the opportunity to experiment and expand my artistic practice. I had searched for quite a while for a course that wasn’t expensive and had some gravitas. I found it in the London College of Art, Diploma of Painting and Drawing.

Paul Weaver was an exceptional tutor, his feedback was always timely and constructive and I feel my work improved a great deal under his tutelage. I didn’t find the course onerous and not having fixed time frames to complete works meant I could fit it in with my other obligations. The course exceeded my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed participating.

Lesley Ryan

Victoria Painter

Thank you so much for inviting me to write about my artwork and thank you to my tutor Monika for her support and encouragement. 

I have really enjoyed the colour pencil course it covered a wide variety of subjects that I normally wouldn’t have tackled such as people portraits because I thought it would be beyond my capability but I really surprised myself with what I managed to achieve. Even the simple still life topics were an interesting eye opener, it was good to try out new subjects and techniques and even new materials to grow as an artist. 

My preferred pencils are Faber-Castell Polychromos as they are vibrant and sturdy, I have recently discovered Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel pencils and have fallen in love with them. I have also started using Daler Rowney Murano pastel paper I just love the colours. 

I am a member of the U3A and was asked to teach the art group how to use colour pencils to draw a dog portrait. I found it incredibly rewarding and everyone enjoyed themselves learning something new. This has given me the confidence to start a regular drawing for beginner class to be held locally beginning March 2019. 

You can follow me on Instagram here – Painter Vick

Vicky Painter

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Rosie Marnan

Dear all,
Thank you all so much for your kindness and support, I have enjoyed the course immensely! If I can find any arty employment or work experience following this I will be very happy. 
Kindest regards, 
Rosie Marnan.
Graphic Design in Art Diploma Course

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