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Sketching with a reed pen

Like many artists who enjoy sketching, I’ve had a fascination for all drawing instruments since my early teens. There’s an abundance of wonderful and varied drawing pens available to us, each with a roll to play in our day-to-day sketching.

Almost without exception I draw every day, either in my studio at home or out and about in the countryside or towns. There is always something worthy of a quick sketch in my sketchbook or whatever I have to hand. Even the smallest study can come in handy for reference at a later date.

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Welcome to our June issue with plenty to inspire artists in all media. Watercolourists will love Amanda Hyatt's Five Steps to Watercolour technique with a 10-minute exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to let go of reality and get creative with the medium, Jean Haines' advice on how to paint white flowers, while Julie Collins shows how adding ink can create definition and impact. For inspiration for oil painters don't miss cover artist Jason Sacran's step-by-step self-portrait, Patrick Cullen's article on painting in India and Paul Brown's advice on using just six colours to paint a landscape. For acrylic painters we have Michael Kidd talking about his stylised acrylic compositions, Jo Quigley's demonstration on how to paint successful reflections in acrylics and Marie Antoniou on how to transform a dull photo into an interesting painting, while Barry Herniman demonstrates the versatility of the under-used medium of gouache. With all this and much more, why not try a new medium or technique in the coming weeks under the guidance of our fantastic contributing artists!