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New approaches to drawing

Robert Dutton reveals how adopting a new approach to your work using expressive drawing media and techniques can result in positive benefits

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

New products that promise to be the ‘missing and magical element’ in your work are regularly advertised. Sadly, the latest ‘must have’ is often a fad and soon relegated to the back of the cupboard. But every now and then something new, innovative and totally refreshing does come along that becomes a personal game changer for you and your art, as I found out.

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About The Artist

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.