Gerald Mckenna

A very bold and stunning piece today by student Gerald Mckenna who is currently working on the Beginners Drawing course with tutor Monica Cilmi. We love it and hope you do too!

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Maria Ei Zar

A beautiful watercolour painting today from Maria Ei Zar – ‘Pears in a Glass Bowl’. Maria has a very light touch when it comes to painting in watercolour. Her many delicate layers of fresh colours used to create each pear is absolutely stunning. The three dimensional feel to them along with the texture too is outstanding.

The edge of the glass bowl has been painted with skill and the inclusion of the highlights on either edge of the bowl allow the pears to look as though they are sitting comfortably inside. We are thrilled to be able to show some in progress photos along with Marias art area too. Simply stunning! Well done Maria!

Beautiful final painting
Maria’s art area!
Pears in progress step 2
Pears in progress step 1

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Alicia Van Wyk

Tutor Steven Hersey was thrilled to receive Alicia’s fifth assignment for her Illustration Course and said that it was ‘outstanding artwork’. He asked if it could be added here for students to view. Alicia was delighted for it to be added here on our blog. We hope students enjoy reading how Alicia approached the two briefs and enjoy seeing her work. Congratulations Alicia on a wonderful set of artwork!

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Weekend Art Challenge – Eggs on Cloth

This weekends Art Challenge is very challenging! We would like you to set up a still life of eggs laying on a cloth. We have taken some photographs of eggs on a linen cloth however you can use any kind of cloth that you have to hand, as long as you wrinkle the fabric. Alternatively you can use our photos below!

Try to set up your still life in a place that has good lighting. The photos below were taken outside however, photographing or working from a set up by a window or under a strong lamp light will work just as well. Allowing a good light source will make it much easier to portray the eggs as it will show the shadows and highlights well.

Try to capture the texture of the eggs, for instance the central egg in the photo has dotty patterns however it is still smooth to the touch. See if you can create this mix of pattern at the same time as the smooth matt texture of the eggshell.

You might also like to consider your composition. Viewing the set up from the front, from above – or really close up. The choice is yours.

We would love to hear how you get on – let us know the medium you used and which areas you found easy – or challenging! Have fun!

Viewing the eggs from the front.

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

Eggs and cloth close up
Slightly looking down at the eggs and cloth.

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 Artwork – Reflections!

Welcome to the reveal of our students artwork on the theme of reflections. So many varying styles and ideas of this theme. It is amazing how students can come up with completely different and unique ideas to convey the word ‘reflections’. We are absolutely delighted with everyones results and we hope you enjoy viewing them all below.

We also want to make a quick shout out to student Ethne. Sending well wishes from us here at the London Art College!

Stay tuned for our next challenge …. coming soon!

Maria Win
“Cherry and Glass Reflections” by Maria Win
“Is it safe to go fishing?” by Anastasia Merzlaya
“Chicken Reflections!” by Ethne Dian
“Edith’s Weekend Challenge with a potato peeler” by Audrey Quinton
“Zen pebbles reflecting in water and sand” by Pauline Burke
“Garden Tiger Moth, who landed on my glass garden table” –  
Sheila Brown 
Reflections by Tatiana Sukhareva
Wonderful Cartoon by Audrey Quinton
Reflections by Tatiana Sukhareva

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Tutor Paul Weaver

2 AWARDS AT PATCHINGS ART FESTIVAL 2019

I’m delighted to announce that my watercolour ‘Underfall Boat Yard, Bristol’ has received 2 awards at this year’s exhibition and competition in ‘The Artist’ Professional category at the Patchings Art Centre in Nottingham. 

I’ve always found harbours and boat yards inspiring places to paint and earlier this year, I gained permission to paint in the Underfall Yard in the heart of Bristol harbour, with the ambition of finding a subject for this event. It’s a superb location and I was immediately taken with this view of a boat under repair with a foreground of quayside clutter.

I produced several sketches and a watercolour study onsite, then used this as my reference to paint the larger piece back in the studio.
The painting has been awarded one of 3 Daler-Rowney Awards and I have also been selected as one of 10 artists’ to take part in a finalists’ show at Patchings Art Centre next year.

The judges only select 70 works from an international submission, so I feel very honoured to have gained a place on the wall, let alone 2 awards!

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Jo Allsop

Today’s post is by a student who completed her course in 2001. We hope that our students and readers find it inspiring!!

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Jo Allsopp is a self-taught artist from Leicestershire who owns Sable Studio Gallery which is nestled in the beautiful grounds of Moira Furnace Museum, Derbyshire, located by the canal. Here, there is an abundance of wildlife to inspire her as she runs weekly painting and drawing classes and full day workshops as well as selling her paintings, cards, mosaics and jewellery. 

She initially completed a Children’s Book Illustration course in 2001 with London Art College which once completed, gave her the motivation to train as an Adult Tutor specialising in watercolours. She continued her work with Leicestershire County Council for many years, but then 12 years ago, decided to take the plunge and set up her own private studio and gallery space.

Since that time, Jo has gone from strength to strength and over 10 years ago illustrated the book ‘My Nana is an Alien’ written by Diane Whitley, following this, an author named Wanda Pierpoint approached and commissioned her to do some illustrations …….it has only just transpired that these have just been published in the book ‘The Hungry Dragon’ available on Amazon. As it has taken this long for the writer to finally get the book published, it came as a welcome surprise as Jo had thought nothing had materialised from this but has subsequently been asked to illustrate two sequels to this book.

To top this, she recently appeared on the new BBC One TV show ‘Home is where the Art is’ featuring Nick Knowles where publicity from this has proved somewhat immense and won her many new fans and commissions. She is to feature in ‘Paint’ magazine and is currently negotiating the possibility of tutorial videos of her work for the public domain.  A few years ago, she gained sponsorship by the SAA, and you may have seen her work in art magazines and newspapers and has also been interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester and Derby. Jo’s SAA Gallery Page with a gallery of her work.

Another passion for Jo is working in mosaic where over the years she has produced elaborate mosaic art pieces which can be viewed locally in the NWLDC offices, Coalville as well as Markfield and Newbold Verdon Reading Gardens.

Another art love of hers is Tae kwon-do martial arts where she is currently a World Champion! She recently said to her husband and biggest fan Geoff ‘I just seem to be trying to catch my tail and I can’t’.
His response…. ‘You don’t want to catch it Joey, when you do, it’s over.’

My mottos are; ‘never ever give in’ ‘if you don’t believe in yourself-no one else will’ and finally ‘blow your own trumpet as no one else will!’

www.sablestudiogallery.co.uk 
jo.allsopp@btinternet.com
07714 700686 / 01283 224332

Natasha Griffiths

My name is Natasha Griffiths and I am studying Digital Illustration with tutor Monique. I’m normally a traditional pet portrait artist, pen and paper but I’ve always been really interested in digital art. This Dachshund was my first attempt at any kind of digital art and was drawn for my first assignment. It is so much harder than you expect it to be. Although I absolutely loved it. I was just aiming for it to be slightly realistic. 
Natasha
Digital Illustration

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Nemu Abe

Nemu Abe has just reached the finishing line of the Drawing and Painting Diploma Course with a Distinction! Nemu is very talented and produced some excellent work throughout the course. Take a look at some of her work below. We wish Nemu the best of luck with her future artwork!

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Artwork Challenge – Reflections!

Welcome to our latest artwork challenge all about reflections. We see reflections everywhere, whether it be tiny reflections in a drop of water on a window from the rain, to our own reflections peering into puddle. Reflections can be from objects on a shiny surface, reflecting their colours and shapes gloriously like the photo of the marbles below. What about the intense reflections from lights on a river in the dark just like the photo below.

There are so many creative things we can do with the subject of reflections and we are hoping to see lots of wonderful pieces of artwork next week. Put your thinking caps on, follow your imagination and go for it! Any medium, any size…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!