Weekend Challenge Apples Artwork!

This weekends challenge is another tricky subject. Apples in a bowl! You might think ‘Ahh thats easy!’ however here is your chance to experiment with texture, shine and solidity, whilst juggling spheres, shadows and ellipses.

You can choose any kind of apple, cut or whole, in any type of bowl. The idea being is that you not only have the textures of the apple to deal with but you have the ellipse of the bowl to deal with too!

If you are creating your artwork in pencil, concentrate on your tones, shading the shadows dark, to allow the mid tones to create the objects shape and form. Allow the white of the paper to form the highlights.

If you are painting your bowl of apples, we have added some paintings as inspiration by Julian Merrow-Smith below in our gallery.

Student can use the photos below as reference or find your own apples and draw them from life. We wish you the best of luck! Have fun!

Post your work on our Facebook Group or email it to us for inclusion on our blog later this week.

All of the photos we post on our London Art College Weekend Challenges are copyright free. Feel free to use the artwork you produce however you wish. If you would like your artwork posted here on our blog, email it to Melanie at techsupport@londonartcollege.co.uk. If you have any Weekend Challenge requests let us know too! Best of luck and happy drawing and painting!

Weekend Challenge – Shells Artwork!

Last weekend we set our students the task of drawing or painting some shells, either from the copyright free photos we posted on our blog, or from shells they had already collected. What a wonderful array of paintings and drawings we received this week! We have added them all in our Shell Gallery below and you can click each one to see them larger. Aren’t they all beautiful!! Well done to each and every student who submitted this week!

Look out for our next challenge tomorrow! We would love for you to take part. All you need to do is create your masterpiece and email it to us direct or post it on our Facebook Group page. It’s all about having fun, relaxing and learning at the same time.

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Lucie A

First of all, I would like to say that I am really delighted by the opportunity to write a blog post about my experiences on the Graphic Design Art course.

At the time when I started this course, I was working as an office worker, which was very unfulfilling work and therefore I decided to try this course to learn more about graphic design and to find out, if it would be good area for me to possibly work in.

During this course, I have learned a lot about various aspects of the graphic design, tried new tools and methods of art (both traditional and digital). I received very kind and informative feedback from my tutor Vanessa Weaver and what is the most precious to me… I have found a really great friend Nahrain Michael (another student of this course, who finished it with distinction in January 2018). She was supporting and encouraging me during the whole course and I believe that without her I would be still stuck at the beginning. So, before continuing, I would like to take advantage of this post and express my thanks to her, because she really deserves it. Thank you very much for everything, dear Nahi!

For this blog, I have chosen four works that mean a lot to me, because they remind me how much I have learned thanks to this course.The first one is a vase with roses with dark background drawn by ink pens. I was trying something like that for the first time and I had absolutely no idea about the final outcome. So I was surprised how it actually turned out.

The second one is a poster illustration advertising holidays in France (ink pen and watercolours). I like the outcome and I enjoyed the process of creation despite the fact that I still have a lot to learn when it comes to working with colours.

The last two works I have decided to include are from the last submission (a poster for an art exhibition called ‘Art of drawing hands’ and a magazine advert for a company called ‘Mother Nature’) and have been created digitally in Affinity Designer. They both remind me that I am able to do well even digitally, which is something I did not believe in when I started this course.

In summary, I am really happy that I have found this course and also found a courage to start it. It enriched my life in many ways. And even though I have no idea, if I will ever be able to work as a graphic designer, I have at least found a style of art that suits me really well and which I want to master from now on and that is ‘ink pen drawing’.

Lucie A
DeviantArt page: www.deviantart.com/artkawa

Coloured Pencil Artwork

We have two lovely drawings today by coloured pencil student Tess Burn. Tutor Monika Cilmi said …

“Tess has improved so much throughout the course and her pet drawing are really nice…”
Monika

We love both pieces of work from Tess and hope that she continues to experiment using coloured pencil in her future pieces.

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Drawing With Pens

We have some students on our new course Drawing with Pens by tutor Monika Cilmi. They are Angela Willis, Kieron Moylan (aged 10) and Robert Kidner. The course is suitable for all ages and experiences, so why not give it a go! Head on over to our website and read about the course and enrol today! We hope you enjoy viewing our students work.

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Weekend Challenge…Shells!

This weekends challenge is all about shells. We have collected a range of photos for you to work from below, however we are happy for you to work from life! If you live near a beach, head on down this weekend and pick up some shells to make your own composition. If you have some in your home already – perfect!

We would love to see drawings, sketches, little colour studies as sketchbook work and once you have practiced and if you have time, we would love to see a final drawing or painting of your favourite shells. Any medium, any size – most important of all, experiment and have fun!!

Post your work on our Facebook Group or email it to us for inclusion on our blog later this week.

All of the photos we post on our London Art College Weekend Challenges are copyright free. Feel free to use the artwork you produce however you wish. If you would like your artwork posted here on our blog, email it to Melanie at techsupport@londonartcollege.co.uk. If you have any Weekend Challenge requests let us know too! Best of luck and happy drawing and painting!

Weekend Challenge – Earthy Objects!

What an amazing array of artwork for our earthy objects challenge that we set our students to work on. We have posted all of the pieces of artwork that we received this week and there are some incredible paintings below.

The first painting was completed by Gaythri. It is incredible…particularly when you read the entire painting was completed using coffee! Yes, you read it correctly, coffee.

I can see students are now running off to find their coffee pot to experiment with their own work. Congratulations Gaythri and all of the students who submitted artwork below – well done!!!

Gaythri Alwan

Gaythri said… Sending the weekend challenge entry- earthly objects.  It is a coffee painting.  Since the colors in the reference photo is very much related to brown shades,  I used coffee as the medium. Coffee is a challenging medium  as you know.  I have used all the shades of coffee to give shading. As you know, we could not adjust the covered area since coffee will make a mark. I have tried my best.  Comments welcome. Gaythri G

Alex Schofield

Alex said… This is the first time I have sent in a photo of Weekend Challenge work, I have only been studying Drawing & Painting (tutor Paul Weaver) for a few weeks. It is a piece drawn using watercolour pencils then smeared a bit with damp fingers. It isn’t perfect! And not easy to draw from a computer screen, but I found it taught me a thing or two. Or three or four.
Alex Schofield

Jane Burden
Shelia Brown

Shelia said….I enjoyed doing this picture using watercolour and ink.
Sheila Brown 

Pauline Burke

Pauline said …I tried a brush, pen and ink which I attach! Thanks
Pauline  xx

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Maria Win

Maria Win has produced some fabulous paintings for her final assignment in the Watercolour Diploma Course. Tutor Ida Mitrani was delighted with her artwork – aren’t they amazing!

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Monika Cilmi

My name is Monika and I am a London Art College tutor. I have recently certified as a Dream builder coach following a live training in LA. It is an amazing program to help people live the life they deserve and love living. It follows 10 principles and it has a spiritual approach which empower people with amazing results.

I have experienced these results in my life and my career as an artist. I am also applying art to the program with various creative activities and affirmation exercises to guide and support my clients / students to achieve their goals and shift their perception about their life. Everyone can apply these principle using art through my guidance.

I mostly work with creative people and businesses. One of my students in the program is an artist and she has shifted her life completely. She has made massive changes moving forward to follow her dreams.

Another project I have been working on while in LA is a new wire sculpture idea. It uses a new wonderful material which all students can use to express their creativity and artistic abilities. Check the link to see some examples and info about this new material.

https://www.artrods.biz/featured-artist

Monica Cilmi

Weekend Challenge – Earthy Coloured Objects!

Another week has flown by and we are nearly at the weekend again. Are you read for your weekend challenge?!

I love natural coloured objects, whether it is wood, stoneware, earthenware, natural pinecones, linen fabrics, autumn leaves etc. All natural objects have a very similar colour pallet, which mainly comprises of earthy tones including browns, creams, ochres….

So I set up a still life for you and took a couple of photos of natural objects on our dresser. I have added a variation and given two photos as you can see.

Your challenge is to paint or draw either photo, including the warm colours of the background, but still allowing the objects to stand out from the background.

You can crop into the photo and make your own composition if you wish! The final photo shows just one idea you could use.

Don’t forget that you can let certain areas of the objects to softly blend with the background. If you squint your eyes at the photo to judge the tones, you will see the left hand side of the earthenware pot is very similar in tone to the background. If this area blends or slightly disappears into the background – this is fine! It all adds to the scene. Try to make the most of the lighter areas with the dark background behind, for instance the left had top edge of the candlestick holder, this is lovely and light and the background is a rich dark brown throwing the candlestick forward, but still retaining a soft edge.

I hope that you feel inspired by the images, don’t forget you can use any medium – watercolours, coloured pencil, digital, acrylic, oils or even collage and mixed media. Most of all have lots of fun with your earthy tones!

Post your work on our Facebook Group or email it to us for inclusion on our blog later this week.

All of the photos we post on our London Art College Weekend Challenges are copyright free. Feel free to use the artwork you produce however you wish. If you would like your artwork posted here on our blog, email it to Melanie at techsupport@londonartcollege.co.uk. If you have any Weekend Challenge requests let us know too! Best of luck and happy drawing and painting!