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A cartoon a day

Watercolourist Shirley Trevena reveals how drawing cartoons has always been part of her life, and how drawing cartoons of everyday events helped her to loosen up her watercolour paintings
Nursery Rhymes, coloured pencils in Carlton sketchbook, 31⁄4x6in (8x15cm)

The excitement of having pencils and paper for drawing has been with me since I was a child. I can remember sitting in my grandparents’ kitchen in Brixton, drawing with a chunky pencil onto a small lined notebook.

Early promise

When I was a very small child, apart from playing ‘dolls’ tea party’, drawing was the main entertainment for me. I still have a few dog-eared books my mother found in an old suitcase and in one of them there were some strips of carefully divided squares, as you would find in the layout of say The Beano or The Dandy comics that I loved. In each square is a drawing of a nursery rhyme (below) and my mother and I worked out that I must have been about six years old, judging by my handwriting. The use of space and detail is quite sophisticated and there are definitely signs of a budding cartoonist.

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About The Artist

Welcome to the May issue of The Artist, packed with inspirational, practical features designed to help all artists develop their drawing and painting techniques in all media. From learning how to control your watercolour brushwork with Hazel Soan, choose the right medium for your style of oil painting, create the illusion of depth in a coastal scene in acrylics, to making simple but dramatic landscapes without a printing press, there's something for everyone, whatever your skill level or preferred medium. Discover how drawing cartoons can help you to loosen up in your painting with Shirley Trevena and enjoy the benefits of painting en plein air with tips and advice from Geoff Hunt, Peter Graham and Paul Gadenne. Try spray-paint techniques to spice up your mixed-media compositions, add figures to give life to your watercolour paintings with Amanda Hyatt and paint a seasonal bluebell wood in three easy steps with Paul Talbot-Greaves. There's also a wealth of information about competitions to enter, exhibitions to see, special offers, art world news, courses and holidays and much more to enjoy in this month's issue. Plus, don't forget to enter your best work to our TALPOpen competition for the chance to see your work exhibited, published in the magazine, and win one of the fantastic prizes worth over £17,000!