Limited Pallet Weekend Challenge Artwork!

We have received some amazing artwork this week for our weekend challenge. We set students the task of creating a painting only using three colours and the variations. As you can see from the paintings below, the results are amazing. Each painting is very different from the next.

Katherine Peverelle’s Beagle, Misty was painted in watercolour using ochre, burnt umber, light red and Payne’s grey. 

Pauline Burke used the 3 primary colours, red  blue and yellow for her pastel  birds. Sheila Brown showed her hydrangea painted in three colours, cadmium yellow light, and ultramarine and tipped the flowers with viridian crimson. A very effective finish!

With such a glorious weather this week in London, Malgosia Kozicka couldn’t think about anything else but the colours blue, green, yellow and white. What a perfect summerly painting!

Shamina Chowdhury‎ used her limited palette painting black, white and yellow on her pears and plate painting. We feel this is an absolutely stunning still life and Shamina should be thrilled and delighted with the results!

Last but not least…Annie Hemsley and her beautiful watercolour boat painted in Ultramarine Blue, yellow ochre and cadmium red.

I think all students who completed the challenge should get a round of applause! Well done everyone!

Shamina Chowdhury‎
Shelia Brown
Katherine Peverelle
Malgosia Kozicka
Pauline Burke
Annie Hemsley

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Magdalena Piwowarczyk

Magdalena Piwowarczyk has emailed us some more of her stunning artwork for inclusion on our blog. We couldn’t wait to add it. Magdalena’s artwork is absolutely brilliant. The first image below could even have been part of last weekends pen and ink decorative challenge too!

Magdalena said….

“I would like to share my work from assignment 2 of Illustration Course – poem illustration. It was super fun for me because it leaves pretty much room for imagination, allows to tell the story and was black & white which I really do like. A big ‘thank you’ to my tutor Steven Hersey for feedback, grading and encouragement.”

Magdalena Piwowarczyk
Illustration Diploma Course

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Nola Sindel

Nola Sindel completed the Botanical Painting course a few years ago. We never tire of blogging her work as inspiration for our Botanical students. This is one of our favourite pantings which Nola completed during her course. It is absolutely stunning. Nola knows exactly how to handle her watecolour washes and her delicate laying technique is spot on. The whole flower has been beautifully painted and is bright and fresh – no muddy colours at all! We hope you like this watercolour of Nola’s flower as much as we do!

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Affinity Photo

We have been contacted by a student who has been using photo editing software called Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. They wanted us to share some links to the software’s website in case other students were interested in using it.

Although not free, the software isn’t subscription based either. A one-time fee can be paid for the full licence which entitles free updates. Anyone can download a free trial of the full version. What’s more, there are lots of video tutorials on the website; everything from the workspace intro to advanced features. A hard cover official tutorial book is also available. The links to the Affinity products and downloads are as follows for those who are interested.

Affinity Photo for desktop:
affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/desktop/

Affinity Photo for iPad:
affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/ipad/

Affinity Designer for desktop:
affinity.serif.com/en-gb/designer/desktop/A

Affinity Designer for iPad:
affinity.serif.com/en-gb/designer/ipad/

If you are a student and you would like to contribute to our blog please do get in touch. Perhaps you would like to write about your work, talk about art techniques, perhaps or you use specific software you would like to tell us about or art materials you enjoy using. We would be delighted to hear from you. Email techsupport@londonartcollege.co.uk at any time.

Weekend Challenge – Limited Pallet Paintings!

Welcome to our Weekend Challenge – Limited Pallet Paintings. The challenge is to create a painting – any subject and any medium – using either watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, coloured pencil, collage, mixed media, digital etc and use only three or four colours and variations of their mixes.

The paintings below are students previous examples of artwork to illustrate how this can be achieved. You can see in the dragon fly painting by Jane Harrington below, the main colours she had on her pallet were two different shades of Blue, a Sap Green and Crimson. She created a wet in wet wash using the blues, dropping in some green and crimson to create mixes of sea greens and purples. The crimson was then mixed with the two different types of blues to create the variations in colour on the dragonflies bodies. The who painting has been a very well thought out and planed with a very decorative feel along side.

We hope that you enjoy viewing the examples gathered here and they give you plenty of inspiration for your own limited pallet painting! Have fun and enjoy yourselves!

Jane Harrington – Limited Pallet of Blues, Greens and Pinks
Belinda Cullen – Limited Pallet of Ochur’s, Siennas and Blues.
Su Stewart – Limited Pallet of Blues and Browns
Lynn Wragg – Limited Pallet of Blues, Blacks and Red

Audrey Q

Audrey Q. – Cartooning Diploma Course. I started the course in November 2018. The distance learning aspect was ideal for me because I divide my year between England and Spain. I have been amazed at just how much I have learnt in such a short space of time – and not just in terms of artistic techniques. My tutor, John Byrne, has been extremely encouraging and I have been able to experiment with a range of drawing styles – which has been very liberating. 

The technical support team has been incredibly helpful – specifically Melanie – who initially helped me to improve the resolution of my drawings and paintings so that they would reproduce more accurately. Melanie’s recommendation of a program called GIMP got me experimenting with layers – a lot of work but well worth it. I now keep two websites supplied with cartoons and can alter the backgrounds from Southend to the Costa Blanca with the click of a mouse! Many thanks Melanie. 
Audrey Q.
Cartooning Diploma Course.

Weekend Challenge Decorative Pen and Ink Artwork

Here are the wonderful pieces of artwork from this weekend’s Decorative Pen and Ink art challenge. Aren’t they absolutely wonderful! All of our students have created some stunning artwork and some beautiful decorative patterns in them.

Katherine Peverelle, Katherine Black and Maria Win have executed some excellent cross hatching and line work in their drawings. Annie Hemsley and Pauline Burke has added some intricate decorative art on their turtle and elephant zoo lanterns designs.

Shelia Brown’s daffodils along with Heidi Elizabeths leaves are very delicate. Loving the photo of Heidi’s sketchbook and pen! Magdalena Anna Piwowarczyk’s drawing is bold and beautifully decorated and finally Malgosia Kozicka’s decorative piece is simply stunning!! So much work has done into this one, the thought and planning of the vines, leaves, flowers and birds – simply superb! Well done to everyone – we hope you enjoy viewing them as much as we did!!

If you would like to have a go at our weekend challenge, don’t forget to drop by on Saturday, or sign up for our weekly newsletter. The challenge will appear in your inbox!

Malgosia Kozicka
Magdalena Anna Piwowarczyk
Shelia Brown
Heidi Elizabeth
Pauline Burke ‘Zoo lanterns’
Annie Hemsley
Katherine Black
Katherine Peverelle
Maria Win

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Photography Diploma Artwork

Today’s blog post is written by London Art College Photography Diploma tutor Rona Cox.

“Two students have received distinctions and produced some wonderful work recently. The waterfall photograph below is by Debbie Halfhide and the portrait photograph is by student Patricia Bertenyi.

Finally, the thought provoking Auschwitz railway line is by Sarah Healy who has not finished the course yet however her work is superb and definitely worth showcasing on the blog.”

Rona Cox
Photography Diploma Course

Debbie Halfhide
Patricia Bertenyi
Sarah Healy

Pricilla Hocking

My name is Pricilla Hocking and this piece is ‘The tortoise who wanted to fly’. I’ve been looking forward to this one all through the course  – I was keen on attempting the shiny reflections and on trying an involved collage again as I really enjoyed doing collage in the first assignment.

The smaller size presented a challenge at first because I definitely enjoy working on a larger scale. However I feel like I coped with it. I made use of real feathers with this (although, of course I created my own oval discs to go on my peacock’s feathers) which I thought was a good way to incorporate the bird theme. I made my coloured papers mostly with acrylic paints on plain coloured paper, but also used watercolour and salt for tortoise’s skin. I drew the images in the shell reflections to give them a softer look (rather than collage), and also for the birds flying in the sky.

My main challenge/fear was the space for the text. It said pretty clearly to leave it blank but I was toying with leaving some things hanging over. However, too much of the tortoise shell would have been hanging over so I decided not to risk it and placed a paper rectangle over it, completely blank for the text.

Thanks very much to Maggie for feedback during the course. I’ve learnt a lot and enjoyed the process.

Pricilla Hocking
Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma

Margaret Orchard

My name is Margaret. I am studying the Botanical Illustration Course in Coloured Pencil.

Having spent several years working in Watercolour and with Graphite and Coloured Pencil being my favourite mediums, I decided to have a change and try Botanical Illustration in Coloured Pencil.

I am not a landscape artist. This picture of a rose is part of Module 3 of the course, where you have to draw an initial composition as a tonal study to give the flower volume and then add the final layers in colour.

I used Polychromos coloured pencils in shades of grey for the tonal study and then layered my chosen colours for the rose and leaves.  Layering the colours gradually from dark to light has resulted in a very vibrant composition with plenty of depth.  

Margaret Orchard
Botanical Illustration in Coloured Pencil.

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