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New approaches to drawing

Robert Dutton

Passing Rain Clouds over Honister Pass, the Lake District, Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks, Wallace Seymour Liquid Graphite (lapis blue and graphite), graphite sticks on Canson Moulin du Roy 140lb (300gsm) Not, 22x30in (56x76cm).

For this awe-inspiring location I felt compelled to work big, outdoors with the corners of the paper weighed down with rocks. On this paper any water media used as a glaze sits on top for a long time, which allows for reworking whilst still wet. Diluted and undiluted liquid graphite was used as glazes. Once dry these graphite washes were vigorously drawn over with the graphite blocks and sticks. An eraser was used gently to burnish heavy applications of graphite in desired areas to interpret reflected light

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Welcome to the April issue, packed with practical articles and demonstrations designed to inspire artists of all levels to develop their skills in all media. Our top artist-contributors this month include Hazel Soan, who suggests techniques for creating light and shade in your watercolours, Ian Sidaway who encourages you to paint a self-portrait, and Paul Talbot-Greaves who shows how to paint colourful boats in three easy stages in acrylics. Practise your skills as you learn how to loosen up and be more expressive in your drawings, use coloured pencils to create a found still life, simplify a busy harbour scene to create a composition full of light and colour, and achieve clean colours in your acrylic landscapes. This issue we also welcome back Geoff Hunt, who begins a new series documenting the results of his painting trips. Plus Roger Dellar offers tips on how to secure an artist-in-residence position and Mark David Hatwood explains how to reach potential buyers by working with partners. Enjoy trying new ideas in your own work with help from this month's artists and tutors.

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Making & Marketing a Successful Art & Craft
Check out the latest competitions to enter and make a note of important deadlines
Felix Rowe discovers how landscape artist and illustrator Jonathan Chapman developed his distinctive Edward Hopper-inspired style for his acrylic and ink paintings
As he prepares for a year as artist-in-residence at Munnings Art Museum, Roger Dellar provides an insight into what he will be painting, the benefits to the artist of taking a residency and shares his tips on how to apply for one and carry it out successfully
Self-promotion is key to selling your work, and working with partners is a great way to facilitate this, advises Mark David-Hatwood, as it benefits both parties
Hazel Soan describes various methods and techniques for conserving the white paper in your watercolour paintings
Continuing her new series, Jenny Aitken shows you how to simplify a harbour scene for a painting full of light and colour
In the first of his new three-part series Graham Webber discusses the importance of choosing the right primers and grounds for your style of oil painting
Robert Dutton reveals how adopting a new approach to your work using expressive drawing media and techniques can result in positive benefits
Ian Sidaway demonstrates how he painted his self portrait using a limited palette in watercolour
Liz Seward finds Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 coloured pencils the perfect medium for depicting a found still lif
GeoffHunt begins a new series in which he shares the results of his plein-air painting forays throughout the seasons
Kevin Scully demonstrates how to paint from a photograph without diminishing the integrity of your painting
Ruth Buchanan describes the main feet forms found in animals and shows you how to draw them correctly
Follow Paul Talbot-Greaves and take a loose approach to paint these colourful boats, in three easy parts
Paul Riley urges you to consider drawing buildingscapes, and offers his advice and tips for equipment to take with you and techniques to use
Use strong clean colours and energetic marks to create eye-catching acrylic landscapes, with Marie Antoniou
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