Edward Javier

Edward has allowed us to post the PFD he created of his set three work for the Oil Painting Course. We were so impressed at the way Edward not only created his work but in how he has presented it, we wanted our students to see how excellent it is. Edward submitted this PDF along with all of the original photos for his tutor to view.

We have saved each page and added them below which shows his work explaining the materials, the creation of the colour wheel, the set up of his still life and the colours he used. Edward painted three different versions of his still life including a monochrome version in pencil and charcoal.

We hope that you all enjoy viewing it and it inspires some of our students showing a different way in how to present their work for critique.

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Oksana Lupych

A beautiful painting today by Oil Painting student Oksana Lupych. The painting was created for one of Oksana assignments on the oil course and she has cleverly used a limited pallet of sepia tones.

We have added some close up details for our readers to see how much texture has been added, possibly using gesso on the surface before Oksana started to paint. This helps to add extra texture and interest to the painting and also adds a good surface to paint on if you are using various types of boards, mdf or hardboard to paint on. We hope that you find Oksana’s painting inspiring!

Full Painting
Detail
Detail

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Weekend Challenge – The 3 colour challenge!

This is going to be quite a fun challenge as we would like you to create a painting using three colours – but with no actual mixing to ‘make’ colours.

You have a few options. You could set up a still life of a lemon, lime and a blue jug for instances and there you have your three colours of yellow, green and blue. You can use any colours and any objects or subjects.

If you paint in watercolour, acrylic or digital you can use transparent layers for the lighter areas for the highlights and more pigment to create the richer darker tones and shadowed areas. If you are using coloured pencils you can use lighter gentle pressure for the highlighted areas and layer your colour to deepen the hue for the shadows.

The artists below has painted a scene for their 3 colour challenge which you can see at the link below is a step by step form. Here, even though they havent mixed colours they have overlaid the red and yellow to make a graduated variation for the sky.

https://www.ipainttoday.com/3-color-rule-make-painting-easy/

We hope that you are inspired and you have lots of lovely ideas brewing – we are very much looking forward to seeing them! Happy Painting!

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

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Artwork Challenge – Water Lilies!

Let’s dive right in to our fantastic challenge all about Water Lilies! What a beautiful array of artwork we have received this week. Our students have excelled themselves, each and every painting really brings out our students own unique styles which is wonderful.

Some students are experimenting, some are creating quick sketches and studies, others are planning their artwork and creating elaborate paintings. All of which are helping our students to learn their craft.

Students that are actively drawing and painting each week, even just completing our challenges will genuinely improve with artistic skills month by month. We are thrilled to be part of their journeys and watch everyone improve!

Well done to all who took part this week. Your artwork is Fantastic!!!!! Stay tuned for the next challenge….!

Fabiana Ribeiro
Water lilies, oil on canvas board 10×8 inches
Eileen Maspero
Pauline Burke
Here is my “bold and bright” waterlily! It was quite a challenge by itself to draw it with coloured pencils to reflect all the colours I saw in this beautiful water flower! But it did pay off – as it got framed straight away and into my favourites.
Mila Zinzen
Since I am home I have a done a two day workshop for Chinese brush stroke , which brought back a long forgotten medium I hadn’t practised for years, so, this weeks 
Water Lilies are an attempt to bring back my flow with the of this lovely art form.
Sheila Brown
I did this using watercolors. I love waterlilies and lotuses, so this was a fun project.
Latha Prabakar
Connie Hohman Berry‎
Denise Dancer
Lei Mei
Super super quick sketch (watercolour brush pen) of Kew Gardens Water Lily House.
Charlie Mijatovic
Avril Walker
Patricia Clarke

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Hester Groen de Porto

A stunning and intricate drawing today by Drawing and Painting student Hester Groen de Porto.

I am a beginner with drawing and painting. I was looking for something creative I could do at home and at night when my two boys are in bed. In the past I’ve been photographing but this is not possible to do at night and also I wanted to try something else. So I’ve tried some drawing and really liked it. I bought a book and began doing drawing exercises from it but missed feedback and being able to ask questions. So that’s why I have chosen this course. 

Hester Groen de Porto

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Ivana Lieskovska

We have two lovely pastel paintings today by London Art College student Ivana Lieskovska. Ivana is studying with Monika on the Pastel Painting course. We love the rich warm colours that Ivana has used in both paintings, lots of movement and atmosphere too!

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Clare Nicholson

The following pieces are by student Clare Nicholson. Tutor Maggy was thrilled with Clare’s ideas for this set and asked us to post them here on our blog for inspiration.

Claire said……

Pen and Ink
As I’ve not inked in this way before, I took some time to read up on pen and ink drawing and practiced in a sketchbook. The illustration is a laundry detergent bottle, completed in technical pen and brush pen. The characters are inspired by woodlice, borrowers, and the steampunk aesthetic. These were developed in preliminary sketches before the final drawing.

Sink City
This piece took a lot of planning and development in terms of the composition in the sketchbook phase. I wanted to avoid drawing windows on objects. The city can be seen spreading into the distance. The illustration is a development of the steampunk / borrowers feel of the first drawing. Given that the brief indicated that this book is for slightly older children, I added more detail and lots of things to find in the illustration. The illustration was completed in technical pen and brush pen, and coloured with gouache and watercolour. It was a challenging and fun assignment.

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Marlies Mast

Superb illustration today by student Marlies mast who is currently taking the Illustrating children’s books Diploma Course.

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Weekend Art Challenge – Waterlilies

Welcome to this weekends Water Lily Art Challenge! Water Lilies have to be one of the most graceful and beautiful plants to adorn our ponds and lakes. You only have to take a look at the many paintings Monet created in his lifetime (Claude Monet Water Lilies) to see how they captured his imagination and sparked his creativity. His paintings really are a sight to be seen if you have access to a gallery to see them.

We aren’t expecting you to re create a Monet…but we would love to see some waterlily paintings or drawings from you all. You can portray a single flower, a group of waterlilies with their lily pad leaves, or perhaps try to capture a waterlily and its reflection in the water. If you are feeling brave, painting or drawing a full pond of waterlilies could be a real challenge. The photos below are copyright free and you are more than welcome to use them.

Choose any medium – pastel, oil, acrylic, collage, mixed media, digital, coloured pencil or graphite. The choice is yours! Be bold and bright or light and delicate. We are very much looking forward to seeng your results! Let us know how you get on!

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 – Sentimental Object

Welcome to this weeks artwork for our most recent weekend challenge – Sentimental Objects. This was a great challenge as it allowed our students to choose exactly what they wanted to draw from anything in their home that means a lot to them, in any setting. We have not only some beautiful artwork, but stories for you to read too. We hope you enjoy viewing them!

‘Scamper’ is my most treasured possession given to me by my late father when I was a small girl. I was performing in the school choir at the Christmas Fayre and my Dad jumped up and down behind the conductor with Scamper on his shoulders (which he had just won on a stall for me). Needless to say, this made the entire choir burst into giggles. The teacher wasn’t impressed. As a teacher now myself, I get it… but I just remember the immense joy I felt at being my father’s daughter x
Kirstie Baker
This Christmas Ball reminds me of my childhood and all the bright memories of this family holiday. This smiling tiny doll inside actually looks like mini me excited with a hundred of dreams and wishes. And she is equipped to fulfill them all – as she has her magic star and wings 😉 
Mila Zinzen
For this week’s challenge I have drawn my gold charm bracelet which was given to me for my 18th birthday from a special auntie and uncle.  I have had this for many years and have been lucky to receive charms at Christmas and birthdays, in fact there are more charms than in the picture as it can be quite heavy!
Pauline Burke

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