Margaret Orchard

Margaret Orchard has produced some beautiful and striking work for her 4th assignment, on the Botanical Diploma Course, working with Pen and Ink and Coloured pencils.

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Katherine Langford

Here is a wonderful final brief from student Katherine Langford on the Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma course. Tutor Maggy Roberts was thrilled with Katherines response to this assignment.

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Weekend Challenge – Easter

Seeing as it is Easter we would like you to create a painting or drawing that encapsulates Easter for you. You can paint anything that you feel works with the Easter theme.

Some ideas could be to paint your brightly coloured chocolate easter eggs with their boxes, or set up a realistic still life of eggs in a bowl just like the paintings of Jos van Riswick shown below.

You could also paint chicks, chickens, signs of spring with flowers, pretty gardens, spring time illustrations etc. Its a wide topic so use your imagination!

You might also like to draw an egg similar to the very clever still life by J.D.Hillberry. The whole piece of drawn, including the pencil, the notepad with the chicken drawing – even the masking tape!

We hope that you find it inspiring and we are very much looking forward to seeing your take on Easter – we also would like to wish you a very Happy Easter too!

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

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Weekend Challenge – Sunsets!

Welcome to the results of the weekend challenge for sunsets! Our students have created some wonderful paintings which you can see below.

Jill Allsopp created the sunset in oils on canvas and said .. “I love these challenges, they give me something relaxing to do in between concentrating on drawing for the course I am on.”

We love to hear that our students are enjoying these challenges and we are thrilled when we receive paintings and drawings from our students who are completing them. Keep up the amazing work everyone!

Don’t forget to click on the paintings below to see them larger!

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!

Tatiana Sukhareva

Tatiana Sukhareva has just emailed her weekend challenge from last week and we just had to feature it on our blog today! Isn’t it wonderful! What a beautiful painting.

The light and shadows have been captured perfectly on the shoes and boardwalk. Tatiana’s excellent drawing skills are showing through and her painting techniques, with her crisp washes and fresh colours make for a superb painting. Her colour pallet is superb. Lots of interest in the scene too.

Tatiana should be over the moon with this study and we look forward to seeing more artwork from her on the weekend challenges soon!

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Brandon Holdin

Brandon Holding has completed the Digital Illustration Diploma Course with tutor Monique Piscaer Bailey. He has just been issued with a certificate for a distinction. We have added below his very first submission (the eye) and his later pieces to show his unbelievable transformation from his early submission to his latest. He has worked so hard & deserves every bit of that achievement. Aren’t these illustrations just incredible?! Congratulations Brandon for all of your hard work and dedication.

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Layla Ewen

A great wet-in-wet exercise from Layla Ewen who is studying with Maggie Roberts on the Illustrating Children’s Book Course.

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Weekend Challenge – Sunsets!

This Weekend Challenge is all about colourful sunsets. Work from photos or the real thing, it is completely up to you. We would like to see plenty of colour and depth of tone, so don’t be afraid to go for it! It can be completed in coloured pencil, pastel, oils, watercolour, acrylic or mixed media. We have added lots of photos below in the gallery as inspiration. Don’t forget you can click on the images to see high resolution versions too. Have fun!!

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

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 – Shoes & Boots!

We set our students the task to draw any shoes or boots they own – or from the vast array of copyright free photos we found for them. Our students have sent us a wonderful selection of artwork this week and you can see some of them below.

Maria El Zar’s watercolor line & wash boots are fantastic and the drawing is bold and eye catching. We could quite imagine it being a logo for a clothing company! Sheila’s eye catching red boots are stunning and newcomer Jill Allsopp’s oil painting on paper is simply beautiful.

Pauline Burke and Jill Burden have both painted some very delicate and pretty shoes as the final pieces on our blog post. Paulines are tap shoes! How wonderful! We love the fine stitching detail both students have observed and included in their work. Well done both!!

Overall what a lovely collection of shoes and boots and a successful challenge! Stay tuned for our up and coming weekend challenge tomorrow. Get your colourful pencils and paints at the ready!!

Maria El Zar
Sheila Brown
Jill Allsopp
Pauline Burke

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Jane Burden
Delphine Lartigues

Raquel Espinoza

Raquel Espinoza has just completed the illustration unit on the Graphics course. She submitted written notes, as well as a series of developmental images (mood board, pencil roughs) and a beautiful finished watercolour that tell the story well. Tutor Vanessa Weaver was delighted with Raquel’s submission and you can read parts of it below. We would like to congratulate Raquel on a wonderful submission and artwork and wish her the very best of luck in her future artwork.

Raquel said ….. For the illustration, I chose the travel poster advertising and my country: Peru. The most emblematic place for tourism here is Machu Picchu, so I thought “OK, I’m not doing that”. With that in mind, I thought about Piura, north of Peru. There are very nice beaches in Piura, specifically in Mancora. They may not be as beautiful as Caribbean or Greek beaches, but they have become hugely appealing for tourists. So I started with my visual research for my Mancora mood board and got this…..

Beaches off the coast in Mancora have warm seas, unlike the southern part of Peru. Some people like to surf there, seafood is amazing, and if you are lucky you could even watch whales. I started sketching some of those ideas (the whale, the dish, and the rocky shore).

But to be honest, the thing that catches my eye the most about Mancora is a beach called “Las Pocitas”. It’s a very calm place with rock pools (Pocitas means “small pools”). Perfect if you want to relax and unwind. I also like how the rocks have that sort of sea vegetation growing all over them. It gives the shore an interesting colour.

So I tested it with some watercolour pencils and liked how it looks calm even when it’s a little messy. Finally, I decided to focus on the rocks and the tidal pools instead of the palm trees and the sand. You can see my illustration below.

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