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Selfies

In this series, Phil Tyler has explored a variety of different approaches to drawing and painting the figure. The selfie is an opportunity to re-explore these approaches more fully, and he has some interesting ideas for you to try

Philip Tyler’s

practice involves painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, digital image and writing. He exhibits widely, including with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, ING Discerning Eye, and the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. His work is in public and private collections in the UK and overseas. Philip is represented by Northcote Contemporary Art London,

The Harbour Gallery Portscatho and Zimmer Stewart Gallery Arundel. His first book Drawing and Painting the Nude: A course of 50 lessons was published by The Crowood Press in 2015.

There is a long tradition of intense and thought-provoking selfportraits, from Rembrandt, Dürer and Courbet to Stanley Spencer, Bacon and Freud. These images tell us a great deal about the personality of the artist who made them. Today, a new generation of self-portraits – selfies – fill Instagram and Facebook and they too tell us a great deal, but they represent how the person would like to be seen rather than the psychology or personality of that individual.

Your mobile phone can offer you tremendous flexibility and it is a valuable instrument in image-making today. It is portable – you take it everywhere you go and it is incredibly easy to take photographs and manipulate those images using a variety of apps. One of the great advantages is that you can see the photograph that you are taking and you can move the camera, whether using a selfie stick or your hand, to unusual angles, creating exciting and extreme foreshortening and be absolutely sure that you will be in the frame.

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Watercolourists will love award-winning featured artist Janet Kenyon's city scenes and learning more about her approach and working methods, whilst practical watercolour articles include Paul Riley's focus on the importance of the negative shapes within your paintings and Paul Talbot-Greaves' inspirational demonstration showing how to place the warm and cool colours for best effect in your landscape compositions. Paul also sets you this month's painting challenge. More watercolour articles by Judi Whitton show you new ways to capture the effect of summer foliage, while Barry Herniman reveals the contents of his plein air sketching kit and demonstrates a bright summer scene featuring woods and water. Jo Quigley shows how a systematic approach can help to achieve a realistic seascape in acrylics, Haidee-Jo Summers explains how to exploit shape and suggestion in your oil paintings to maintain a painterly style, Martin Kinnear demystifies perspective, and we welcome back Aine Divine who provides an infectious account of how to complete a mixed media flower painting that you'll definitely want to try for yourself! Ian Cryer suggests that a break with old habits can open the way to refresh your painting style, Phil Tyler encourages you to explore the art of the self-portrait, Liz Seward shares her love of working with watercolour pencils, and David Questa shares his love of busy urban scenes that will see you reaching for your drawing materials. All this and more to keep you inspired and full of new drawing and painting ideas over the summer months!
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