Kathleen Kerr

Three super pieces of art from Kathleen Kerr who has been working very har don the Landscape painting course with tutor Alan Dedman.

Each painting below has a lovely natural feel. The colours Kathleen has mixed on her pallet, has created a sense of realism allowing the viewer to really feel that they are transported to the place in the painting. The shadows add to this sense of realism and plant the trees firmly within the scene. Wonderful work Kathleen!

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Emily Kent

Digital illustration student Emily Kent recently said she had struggled to complete the course when she got a bit stuck on the final assignments, but she had managed to work through it.  We asked if she could write a piece for our blog as we felt many of our students might find Emily’s story useful. We hope you enjoy reading it ….

Hi everyone, 

So I started my digital illustration course in Oct 2017 as I had a passion for digital illustration / graphic design, I wasn’t any good at it but I really enjoyed it lol 

The first few assignments I literally spent all day everyday on them for the first few month & by Christmas I was up to assignment 3 already. My tutor Monique advised me to slow down and take my time to practice (which I now know was invaluable advice) so I did and looking back, my artwork has got so much better for taking that time to practice.

I loved this course so much and the assignments allow you to be as creative as you like, which I think is fab. It took me about 9 months to complete the next 2 assignments, not because they were too difficult but because I wanted to practice and get them perfect. I found using Gimp was fun and learning about bitmaps became a second nature to me. Which then brings me onto my last assignment, my hurdle, Vectors!

Assignment 5…

where do I start with this one lol I think some times intimidation becomes our excuse to give up too easily, when I first looked at the vector section I was so overwhelmed and unsure about it, I felt completely out of my comfort zone & felt like giving up. For the last year I had been used to bitmaps and that’s where I was most comfortable, but even I know sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to find success & the only way to learn is by practicing, making mistakes and adjusting those mistakes, trust me I made a lot of mistakes, I wish I had kept some of them to show you how bad they were, I’m not the best of artists but thinking about some of my “mistakes” still make me giggle now lol 

It took me about a year on my last assignment, dipping in and out of vectors, I had to really push myself to understand them, why we use them & how they work but For some reason I just couldn’t get my head around Vectors, to some that might seem really daft as now I know how to do them I feel a bit silly myself for taking so long, but it is what it is, my laptop did very nearly take flying lessons a couple of times lol because of it.

I must have spent hours watching YouTube tutorials & I read my folder over and over again. I’m not going to lie, I did really struggle with my last assignment, but I have no shame in admitting that, If I had tried to do this on my own without the help/support from my amazing tutor Monique, I don’t think I would have ever finished my course, & at the end of the day that’s what our tutors are there for. So never feel embarrassed to ask if you get stuck. 

October 2019…

I finally finished my Digital illustration course, I couldn’t be happier, its been tough but I have loved every step of it and not only did I complete my course but I got a distinction, which I still can’t quite believe. Coming from a girl who left school at 14 with no qualifications, you can imagine how I felt when Monique told me my grade, I cried (happy tears) them proceeded to do my happy dance around the lounge with my dog lol 

It just goes to show perseverance really does pay off; it just takes practice & a bit of determination & if I can do it anyone can.

Being part of the LAC has taught me so much, I have picked up loads of tips and have even taken part in a few weekly challenges, I used to hate showing off my work but everyone is so supportive. I have made some amazing life long friends too. I’m looking forward to starting my next course soon; I just have to figure out which one lol Xx

I will leave you with a few of my favourite pieces…

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Judith Legg

These two circular paintings are of different areas of the village of Cruden Bay.  Painting to this format immediately draws your eye into the picture and focuses on the main object of the painting.  With square/ rectangular formats you always wonder what is going on beyond the limits of the painting, to the side, below etc but with a circle you concentrate on what is at the centre.
Judith Legg
Landscape Diploma Course

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Competition Entries and Finalists!

Thank you to everyone who entered into our 2019 London Art College Art Competition. We had an amazing turn out this year and you can see all of the entries at the link below. It is accompanied by the amazing painting by Michael Masson, who was actually last years winner. We love this years entry by Michael and I’m sure you will all be very impressed too!

https://www.londonartcollege.co.uk/student-area/art-competition/london-art-college-art-competition-2019-entries/

The finalists have also been announced! Congratulations to all of those who made it as a finalist including Pricilla Hocking who created this beautiful duck collage illustration. So who do you think won??? Winners will be announced next week!
https://www.londonartcollege.co.uk/student-area/art-competition/art-competition-finalists-2019/

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Weekend Challenge – Halloween Challenge

Welcome to our spookiest challenge of the year! Calling all illustrators, cartoonists and painters! Send us some of your spookiest and eeriest cartoons, spooky characters or your draw the most spooky still life set up you can! Have fun with this challenge and let your imagination run wild.

Halloween Ideas!
Perhaps you might like to start with black piece of paper and sketch using pastels a clan of ghosts, or a flurry of orange bats flying at you. What about imagining a big moon with a witch flying across, or a cat on a broom!

You might like to draw your kids all dressed up in their halloween costumes, portray a halloween bucket full of sweets, sketch a skeleton or a carved pumpkin.

Perhaps you might like to go the more traditional route and paint some pumpkins, gourds, and squash similar to the photo below.

Which ever you choose, make it fun and interesting, as scary as you would like and most of all have fun! We are very much looking forward to showing your work next week on the 31st of October – Halloween!!

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 – Autumn Leaves Artwork

Welcome to our Autumn leaves artwork challenge – and what a popular subject this one was! We have received so many amazing paintings of leaves, they are all simply stunning! It’s the right time of year for leaf drawing and painting thats for sure. Autumn is definitely upon us here in the UK with gloomy rain. So I really hope that the beautiful warm colours of the leaves below helps put a smile on everyones faces!

The creativity students have combined with the leaf challenge is wonderful too. We love the ink leaf drawn on crumpled brown paper by Sheila Brown – what a clever idea that was. Huzete has also created a scene with two leaves which is the first image below. Photo’s of the leaves are above the painting with an ink drawing behind. Read Huzete’s message below the artwork as it explains it all beautifully.

Dinah Barkers leaves are also fantastic, painted in watercolour too are really lovely using bright cheery colours. I think watercolour is a very popular medium for this kind of challenge, if you scroll down you can see quite a few students chose to use this medium. Each leaf study has been handled beautifully well with fresh and crisp colours. Well done to you all. Watercolour does handle the textures of the leaves well.

Coloured pencil is also a good medium and both Pauline Burke and Rachel Oldridge have created stunning colour studies of the leaves using this medium.

All of the paintings below are absolutely fantastic and even though not all students have been mentioned, we are delighted with them! You should be very pleased with them too and we hope it has inspired those who havent yet had a go at the weekend challenges! What are you waiting for! Join us on our Facebook Group or you can email them to us direct at any time.

Beijing in autumn is not only a season but much more like old Peiking full with stories. I drew two pieces of yellow leaves in watercolour  combined with ink old style Peiking couple behind. One  leaf is deep cold gray, one leaf is golden yellow. As autumn in Beijing is late this year, the weather is still warm, most of the trees are still green.
Huzete
Liquidambar leaves, Watercolour
Dinah Barker
Priscilla Hocking‎
Coloured Pencils
Rachel Oldridge‎
Here are my autumn leaves painted in Watercolour.
Vera Jaouadi
Fallen leaves in watercolour
Shelia Brown
An autumn leaf…
Clifford Herbert
Five leaves lifted from the lawn. Some coloured pencils and fine liners. A fresh squint at what Nature really looks like. And there you have it. This is why I really enjoy the Weekend Art Challenges.
Julie Smalley
Audrey Quentin
Good theme this week so hard to choose which leaves though so many colours !
Pauline Burke
A dried autumn leaf, drawn on brown crumpled paper, for effect. 
Shelia Brown
Autumn leaves weekend challenge… the crunchy leaves underfoot are salt crystals.
Audrey Quentin
 Watercolour of autumn leaves
Cari Aplin
Audrey Quentin

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Linda Brughera

Still life is the theme for Linda Brughera’s artwork for this set. Linda created these for her Coloured Pencil Drawing Course. We particularly love her cola can, glass and magazine drawing below. The reflections from the can and magazine on the patterns in the glass are stunning, along with still portraying the liquid inside – absolutely superb. The colours of the entire piece work perfectly together.

This also runs through into Linda’s cup and spoon drawing too. The colours here are equally as perfectly chosen, the tones Linda has created work so well together and everything looks very natural and realistic. We hope that our coloured pencil students find Linda’s work incredibly inspiring.

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Joanna McCammond

Three beautifully colourful illustrations today by student Joanna McCammond who is working on the Illustrating children’s books diploma Course. We love the perspective that Joanna used for the cow and duck illustration below. Looking down on the patchwork blanket, their picnic food along with the cow and ducks happy faces really makes for a perfect design. Well done Joanna!

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Emer Cullen

Today’s blog post is dedicated to the work of student Emer Cullen. Emer has been studying how to paint in oils with Tutor Alan Dedman on the Oil painting course.

The finished painting below is absolutely superb and we love the composition, particularly the position of the red van on the bridge. This van and it’s very important colouring, balances the large buildings on the opposite side.

Emer has also included three stages of her painting which we felt would be very interesting for our students to view. Congratulations Emer on a superb oil painting!

Final Painting
Step 3
Step 2
Step 1

Weekend Challenge – Autumn Leaves

Welcome to our Autumn leaves weekend art challenge. We thought that as it is getting very autumnal outside here in the UK, it might be great to have an autumnal challenge. The paintings below have been created by artist Eliot Hodgkin (1905 – 1987) and we hope that you find them inspirational. We absolutely love Eliot’s work and hope our students can research some of his other paintings too.

The paintings below concentrate primarily on studies of leaves however if you would prefer to widen this challenge out a little – if you are feeling brave – you could paint a tree or a trees in a landscape or garden with the leaves on the ground. They don’t have to be brown leaves either, all of the wonderful golden and red colours of the autumn leaves can be included if your scene show this.

Observations
If you are opting for the simple still life studies of leaves there are a few observations to look out for and decisions to make before starting or when working. The painting of the brown leaves below are viewed and drawn from the front. The larger leaf has been propped up so we can see the ground plane and then a background behind, even though the background is one single tone. We can see this due to the shadows of the leaves on the ground. So we could say the eye level is on the bottom thirds.

The paintings of the green and orange leaves below have been placed flat on a table and viewed from above and the shadows of the leaves on the table confirm this.

So you have some decisions to make as to what angle you draw your leaves at to make your composition interesting. As always use a strong light source to make it easy for yourself and the painting interesting. You will be able to create plenty of lovely lights and darks to help create the three dimensional form of the leaves. Finally if you are painting a background, take a look at the different colours and tones Elliot has used and ask yourself why he chose that particular colour to go with the leaves. I can guarantee a lot of thought, care and attention went into the background as much as the painting or the leaves!

We hope that helps and most of all – have fun and enjoy it!

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