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Charles Williams’ musings Illustration

Last year one of my main activities as programme director of fine art at Canterbury Christ Church University was designing an Illustration degree and getting it adopted. Art and design is very important in determining how we define ‘art’. People who study art and design go on to be involved in art through their employment, and the ideas they carry get filtered into wider society. Fine art is what most people who want to be an artist study, although the situation is more complex than that.

In the mid-20th century, studying fine art meant drawing and painting from the nude, painting landscapes and portraits, still life and interiors. You would learn perspective and the use of colour, tonal values and rendering form, and spend time in the printmaking department.

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Welcome to our January issue which looks forward to the new year ahead with our special 6-page guide to open competitions and exhibitions in 2018 and beyond, with all the entry details and all-important deadlines. We also include full details about our own The Artist open competition with fantastic prizes and the opportunity to see your work exhibited and published in the magazine and on our website, promoting your artwork to our massive international audience. Our inspirational, practical articles from this month's team of top-level professional artists and tutors include how to exploit extreme shadows in watercolour for enhanced light effects, watercolour techniques for capturing atmospheric weather conditions and how to improve your watercolour still life paintings. Equestrian artist Ruth Buchanan offers 10 top tips on how to draw the horse, NEAC President Richard Pikesley offers ideas on painting 'table-top' landscapes indoors when it's impossible to get outside to paint and Barry Freeman explains how painting from the heart is the key to loosening up in your work. With much more too, you will find plenty of ideas in this issue to keep you painting over the festive period. The team at The Artist wishes all our readers a happy, creative time and enjoyable new year.
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