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CHARLES WILLIAMS’ MUSINGS

Art versus craft

In printmaking, ‘registering’ an image means making a clean print: if it’s made with several plates they all have to line up perfectly; if it’s just one plate there must be no surplus ink or slippage. An image that has stayed with me for years is that of Norman Ackroyd RA bent over his magnifying glass, checking the registration of etchings at the Royal Academy Summer Show; if they weren’t perfect they were rejected. No wonder there was so much dull printmaking at the Summer Show, so many perfectly registered pictures of cats. The sad thing is, my reader will probably be thinking ‘and what’s so wrong with that?’ Well, I’ll tell you.

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Welcome to the October issue of The Artist, including an additional 16 pages full of ideas and suggestions about art courses and holidays that could help to inspire and develop your creative skills. This issue is also packed with inspirational insights into how professional artists approach their work, including a commissioned portrait in oils, and practical demonstrations in watercolour, oil pastels, oil-based pencils, acrylics, line & wash and mixed media. There's something for everyone, whatever your level or experience, from how to add a little magic to your watercolour still lifes, paint an autumn landscape in five easy stages, capture a sunset in acrylics, sketch people in line & wash, create a vibrant flower composition in mixed media, and more. Plus be inspired by some of this year's The Artist Open Competition prizewinners, who explain how they created their winning artworks. Enjoy your month of drawing and painting with The Artist.