Samantha Wing

Student Samantha Wing is studying on the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course. She emailed us her wonderfully colourful illustration, which was inspired by her two children. We are really looking forward to seeing more of Samantha’s work and also adding it to the blog in the coming weeks and months!

Samantha Said…

This is my first submission piece. I very much enjoyed doing it and it was based on my son and daughter for inspiration. My son is called Max he’s 3 and my daughter is called Darcy and she’s 4. The brief was Row Row Row your Boat.

Samantha Wing

Sian Brown

Tutor Maggy Roberts sent us some wonderful illustrations from student Sian Brown which we have added below. Read what Sian sent Maggy long with her illustrations. We love the anecdote about the Kidney Beans and Baked Beans….!

The bean people came about because I was visiting a friend who was saving kidney beans for next year . They were lovely with purple markings. I experimented and apart from it being time consuming, I didn’t think young children would appreciate what they were so I ended up with”baked beans”! I have been thrilled by the way my drawing has improved following the observation and repeated drawing of the bottles etc. and the fun of putting it together….

Sian Brown


Jane Crocker

We are thrilled to be able to post a wonderful testimonial from student Jane Crocker who has just finished the Illustration Diploma Course with tutor Spencer Hill. We have added some of Jane’s artwork for everyone to see below. We are also really looking forward to seeing some of Jane’s illustrations when she starts work on the Illustrating Children’s Books Course in the coming months!


I would like to say a very big thank you to Spencer Hill for his kind encouragements and brilliant illustration course. I would recommend this course, as the feedback came back with good constructive ways of looking at the assignments.

I can not express how much I have enjoyed this course, more than to say I was sad that I had finished it. I’m now about to sign up for the Children’s Book Illustration course. So I would also like to thank London Art College as well.

Jane Crocker


Heidi Hauser…..

Tutor Maggy Roberts received this wonderful email from her student Heidi Hauser who studied on the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course. We are thrilled that Heidi enjoyed her course and gained confidence from it. We love her work and have added two of Heidi’s pieces below.

Congratulations to Heidi on completing the course and we look forward to seeing more of Heidi’s  illustrations from the Follow on Course in the coming months!


Hi Maggy,

I just wanted to email you to say a very big thank you, this has been a wonderful course and I have received great constructive feedback from you. I was looking for a little more confidence with my art and I have found it. I am going to think about doing the follow-on course… in the mean time I am going to be doing lots more painting and put some ideas together.

Thank you so much for a lovely course!
Many thanks


Ana Lucia Alvear – Botanical Painting

I wanted to submit one of my botanical paintings to the London Art College Competition 2017, as I have done before, however this time I was delayed and did not do it. I read about the Jackson´s Plant Life: Botanical Illustration Competition through your blog, so I decided to submit my Cedrela Montana to their competition.

This painting is a watercolour on paper (cold pressed 300 g/m2), 29,5 x 40 cm. It is of the Cedrela montana (family Meliaceae, common name: Flor de Palo or Flor de Madera) and is a native tree from the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. It grows between 1050 and 3600 meters of altitude, up to 20 meters tall. It’s inflorescence are between 12 to 30 cm long, with small greenish to cream colored flowers that grow in bunches. The fruits are ligneous capsules, lenticellate and brown that contain winged seeds.

I planted one of these graceful trees in my home garden at Cumbayá (a valley near Quito, Ecuador at 2320 meters of altitude) twenty years ago. During these last weeks with it plentiful leaves, it has flowery bunches and mature fruits with seeds flying around. Painting details directly in front of this plant was a great challenge for a student like myself. Even more, submitting the result of this work for a botanical art competition since I consider myself a beginner – although I have learned a lot with my tutor Shevaun.

My purpose was to share and face this work with some other competitors works as a way of learning and encouragement in my own practice. I have had the opportunity to observe on line almost 190 botanical pieces of this competition, most of them are excellent paintings in a very high level and I think it has been a good experience.

Ana Lucia Alvear

Portraits Ian Scott

London Art College student Ian Scott has been creating pencil studies of his families hands for one of the assignments on the Drawing and Painting Diploma Course. You can see a few of them below.

Once Scott had practiced studying hands and faces in his sketchbook, he moved onto creating portraits in colour.  The portrait below was painted on canvas using oils. It is stunning and a real achievement. From the beautiful soft skin tones to the textured waves in the models hair with well placed highlights to create the three dimensional form. The overall painting is superb.

We hope that the artwork Scott has created here is an inspiration to our students and readers!

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Adele Gregory – Drawing and Painting

Student Adele Gregory is current working on our Drawing and Painting Diploma Course with tutor Paul Weaver. Adele has been experimenting with watercolour,  layering of colours and wet in wet washes. We love the vibrancy and freshness of the painting and feel that Adele has created a superb flower study and absolutely love the colours she has used! Well done Adele, we look forward to seeing more of your drawing and paintings soon!

Adele Gregory

Elena Statham – Spooky Artwork!

Hello everyone! Just finished my Spooky poem and right in time for Halloween! I couldn’t wish for the better timing working on it as in every shop, I could see Halloween themed decorations, which is where I found my inspiration for this assignment. This is my first black and white work and I found it quite challenging on finding the right balance between white and black negative space. This assignment definitely made me to get out of my comfort zone!

Elena Stathan
Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course

Spooky Illustrations! Happy Halloween!

We have some wonderful and spooky illustrations for todays post created by our students – perfect for Halloween! The illustrating Children’s books Diploma course is perfect for creating illustrations such as these. We defy any of our viewers to be spellbound whilst viewing them….and hope that they get everyone into the spirit of Halloween!!


Carys Rees

Amy Curran

Eve Warren

Eve Warren

Paula Prestwood

Jane Walker

Heidi Hauser

Elena Statham – Illustrations!


Finely I managed to  finish two sets of assignments: Sebastian Sink City and Fiery Fred! I thought to share with everyone.

The Second assignment took me a while, as I didn’t read properly the instructions on what side the text should be! After I  almost finished it I realised that Ive done it all wrong! the second trial I tried my best not to miss on the detail but when I finished it struck me that my scanner is much smaller, so I had to find a way to produce digital copy! Luckily I got great advice from Facebook College community! Thanks everyone for your support! We live we learn!

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Set three assignment was much easier as Ive already had my burns from previous one! I found Animals doing silly things quite challenging in a way of what is defines silly?! So I had to think! Now just have to wait for feed back from Maggy! Fingers crossed!

Elena Statham
Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course