Judith Legg

This painting is of the River Ythan and the trees on the bank as it runs through the town of Ellon. I enjoyed painting the trees and using different brushes and strokes to try to differentiate between the different types of trees.

For this exercise I painted Strathisla distillery in Keith, Moray. I have placed the   pagodas of the distillery on the division of the paper as they are the main feature of the distillery.

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Weekend Art Challenge – Seascapes

Welcome to this weeks seascapes art challenge. We would like you to paint or draw in any medium a seascape. You can work from life if you live near the coast, you can take photos and create your artwork at home or you can use any copyright free photo to work from, similar to the one below.

There are lots of things to decide when painting a seascape. Are you going to concentrate on the big waves with lots of white spray, perhaps you want to include some headland or add people, horses and birds into your scene. Horses and riders can give the opportunity to create some lovely reflections and shadows on the wet sand. Skys can also be very important and can really help show the feeling of the day – bright sunny, cloudy, still etc Try to convey this in your painting.

You also might like to experiment painting your seascapes at different times of day – early morning for sun rise, middle of the day with blue sky, evening with rich red sunsets or perhaps you might choose a stormy sea view with dark ominous clouds!

Which ever scene you choose, have fun and let us know how you got on!

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

Weekend Challenge – Dogs Artwork

Welcome to our weekend challenge all about Dogs. The challenge was set to either draw or paint my own dog Lily, your dog or a dog of your choice. We have been inundated with paintings and drawings so I have chosen one piece form each artist to display. This was a very popular challenge and we all must have a soft spot for our 4 legged friends!

There are too many people here to mention by name so I will leave you to view the amazing artwork and read about the artist and images underneath each piece. I have added the portraits of Lily at the top of the page – well done to these students who all caught Lily’s character beautifully!!

Shamina also posted on the facebook page which we thought was fantastic and wanted to add it here too….

I’m blown away by all the doggy pics for this weekend’s challenge! All my art supplies are in storage for a few months so I can’t join in for a while but my doodles couldn’t hold a candle to what you guys are sharing! Bravo!!

Shamina Chowdry
Not sure who this looks most like… Lily or Chewbacca.
Lynette Dobson
Sending a painting of your dog Lily. I drew with the reference sent by you. It’s my first fur painting and I hope it has come out well!
Gaythri
Here is my entry of your Lovely Lily,
I painted her in pastel on velour paper, I do hope I have caught the likeness for you. 
Sheila Brown
As pets are such good therapy I thought I would draw a colouring in page, Lily as the subject of art therapy in flower power colours complete with a daisy in her hair!
Pauline Burke
Audrey Quinton
Dogs weekend challenge.. A nice opportunity to finish old unfinished work instead of doing my homework!!
Aleksandr Petrunin
I just enrolled one week ago in illustration course. This is my first weekend challenge and even produced before my fist assignment. A hand sketch with brush pen and digital coloring.
Yun-Ting Hsieh‎
One more quick piece of work I did for the blog, having Jack Russells here with me. 
The background was drawn with Lyra Aquacolor wax crayons, the dog itself made with pieces of printed-off photos of trees that have white, pale and dark bark, like birch and sycamore . A dog collage made with … bark! 
Alex Scholfield
Sunday morning JRT while I wait for oils to dry – not my forte coloured pencils!
Jill Allsopp
Another Lily!
Denise Dancer
Mike Masson
My dog Jason in pastel pencils.
Karen Chirnside 
My dear Hector in watercolor!
Fabiana Ribeiro
I purchased the Pet Portraits course but haven’t yet submitted assignments. This is my submission for the weekend challenge. I’d like to greatly improve and therefore I am looking forward to starting the course as soon as I can. 
Kristan Hite
Weekend challenge – Hattie
Dinah Barker‎
My Jack Russell x Westie Terrier
Dinah Barker‎
Anusooya Devi Ra
Bokkie my friends chihuahua. Black pen done on a plane journey between Spain and Italy. 
Louise Dexter 
Dogs weekend challenge… That’s right up my street. Lol
Here’s a portrait of a lovely labradoodle called Jim that I painted a few weeks ago. This in in acrylics on paper, 12″ x 16″.
Dylan F Jeskye
Sophie Bliss Kilpatrick
Maria Ei Zar
Kerry Blues
Amy Curran
“Marta” I haven’t unpacked my oils yet following a move abroad, but this is one of my favourites from prior to my move.
Gill Barratt‎
Doggy weekend challenge you say? Here you go…… coloured pencil drawing. Found my work really improved after doing the coloured pencil course!
Jules Hollinshead‎
This was done on watercolour paper. It was supposed to be for a friend but in all honesty I didn’t quite hit the spot so I’m doing it again.
Avril Walker‎
Not very happy with the eyes but I did it on the plane!
Katherine Black
Watercolour and gouache
Jackie Groves
Monty is a Belgian Shepherd Tervuren and is a very beautiful boy.
Sue Lambert
Coloured Pencils – Walaa Al-jafari‎
Just loved the dog challenge as it made me finish this lovely puppy which had been on my easel for a few weeks!!
Gwen Reavley
He’s only half-dog trying to teach myself some creature/character design for my 5th assignment and this idea popped into my head!
Theresa Haworth‎
Dogs have been my passion and subject matter for paintings for many years.  I use dogs from rescue shelters and donate the paintings to those interested in adopting.   “Rescue” is my favourite breed of dog.
Keith Waters

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Sue McAuley

Sue Macauley has passed the Drawing and Painting Diploma with flying colours and has been awarded a well deserved Distinction! Tutor Paul Weaver was thrilled with her work and has expressed his delighted at Sue doing so well on the course. You can see some of her work below painted in oils, watercolour and pencil drawings. Congratulations Sue and the best of luck with your future work!

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Matteo Sammaruga

Pastel Painting student Matteo Sammaruga has submitted some wonderful abstract work for his pastel course and we have added it below. Tutor Monica said…

“Well done Matteo. You have done a great job and your progress is fantastic. Also being an artist myself who loves abstract and abstraction artwork, it makes me really happy to know you would love to go further to develop your own style.”

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Nur Baiyina Bahari

Nur Baiyina Bahari has completed her Illustration course with tutor Steven Hersey receiving a distinction. Some of Nur’s final project can be seen below. Steven was delighted with each image and the concept and said….

Superb. Utterly delightful and beautiful illustrations. Handsomely drawn and coloured, they have a mature and professional finish and appearance, some of the best that I have seen for this project.

Steven Hersey – Tutor

Congratulations Nur on a wonderful achievement and we wish you the best of luck for your future illustrations!

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Weekend Challenge – Dogs!

Welcome to this weekends art challenge! We thought that we would encourage all of our students who enjoy painting and drawing dogs, a chance to show us their dog portrait skills. But this challenge isn’t just for our pet portraits students…..!

Illustration
This challenge can be created in any style. So don’t forget if you are a children’s illustration student you could perhaps turn my own dog Lily below in to a happy little character for a story. Why not illustrate a page of a book with a few lines of text revolving around Lily as a central character. She could be chasing a squirrel, playing in the sea on a sunny day, having a bath with bubbles, going for a walk in the rain with a coat and hat on…. The ideas are endless!

Cartooning
Cartooning students could make a cartoon for her. I’m sure many of you remember the newspaper cartoon strip Marmaduke, or Fred Basset or even the Perishers. Gnasher the pet dog of Dennis the Menace from The Beano was also a popular cartoon. What not make something similar.

Modern Style
You could even turn her into a pop art piece in an Andy Warhol style!

Traditional art
Of course our pet portrait students should have no problem drawing a dog for this challenge. Try not to just submit something you have already created for your course, work on something new and make it a challenge – perhaps treat it like a real commission.

Your dog could be drawn or painted in pencil, coloured pencil, pastel, acrylic, digital, mosaic, collage, watercolour or oils – or what about a simple ball point pen sketch?! This challenge is so versatile.

Artwork of Lily – or your own dog!
You aren’t confined to using Lily as your subject of course! I have added her there just as inspiration. You might have your own little buddy to work with, take photos of and study.

Let us know how you get on, we would love to hear all about it! Have fun!

Lily my Tibetan terrier!

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

Lily the Tibetan Terrier

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 – Eggs Artwork!

Our egg-citing weekend challenge this week was all about eggs!

Shelia Browns oil painting with a pallet knife is simply egg-cellent! Loving the texture! Lynette Dobsons coloured pencil drawing of eggs on cloth is simply stunning and Avril Walkers egg-squisite watercolour is beautifully fresh and bright.

We love Gaythri’s Easter Bunny with its balancing eggs, so bright and colourful. Louise Dexter has used graphite pencil for her egg scene which is egg-ceptional.

We then have two cracking cartoons from Audrey Quinton and Julie Smalley – as Julie’s artwork says – some great egg-samples of Famous Art!!

Last but not least Tatiana Sukhareva has added three images, a work in progress photo and a photo of her still life set up. We LOVE seeing photos of our students art tables, to see their paints, brushes and paintings in progress. It allows us to really feel part of the process.

We hope you enjoy viewing students artwork and I’m sure they are egg-sactly as you imagined they would be! That was the last egg pun..we promise!!

Sheila Brown
Lynette Dobson‎
Avril Walker
Gaythri
Louise Dexter
Audrey Quinton
Julie Smalley
Tatiana Sukhareva
Tatiana Sukhareva
Tatiana Sukhareva
Gwen Reavley‎
Walaa Al-jafari‎

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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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