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In black and white

After a serious illness and being somewhat restricted in my movements during the past few months, I became inspired to try working in black and white, using mainly pencils and pens with felt tips of varying thicknesses. Having always been interested in pattern and shape, I began by producing designs of overlapping circles, triangles or rectangles. I then remembered on a recent holiday seeing artwork by the Tlingit people in Vancouver, and I began to produce other black and white designs inspired by what I had seen.

The next step was to try city skylines, of which there are many examples on the internet. The buildings of Paris, London and New York provided many useful subjects. I moved onto silhouettes of people walking, running and dancing, with shadows in a lighter shade of pencil.

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Welcome to a new year of painting with Leisure Painter. We begin this month's tutorials with David Webb's new year-long series, Watercolour basics and beyond, where he takes you through essential watercolour techniques. This month, David discusses basic equipment and the first of the techniques: the wash. For all those who want a back-to-basics approach to drawing and painting, we have step-by-step demonstrations, illustrated techniques and practical advice in watercolour, acrylics and oils as well as drawing media. For those with more experience, you will find plenty of inspiration and practical instruction for painting portraits, landscapes, animals, still lifes, abstracts, a market scene and more. We're here to help you make the most of your favourite hobby.

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Part 1 David Webb begins his year-long series on watercolour painting with a look at the basic materials you can choose, before introducing your first essential technique – the flat wash
Follow Trudy Friend step-by-step as she experiments with the drawing and painting of rural steps, from techniques to apply texture in pencil to underpainting and washes
Focus on painting realistic shadows as you follow Charles Evans’ demonstration painting of a winter scene
Part 1 Paint white on white paper using traditional transparent watercolour methods, with Colin Steed
Part 1 Be inspired by Tony Paul as he offers techniques and ideas for drawing and painting portraits in a variety of media
Part 1 Using a limited palette and classic watercolour techniques, Colin Joyce begins a three-part seasonal landscape series to build your watercolour confidence
Winner of the Leisure Painter Award in LP’s open competition 2017, Jason Carlisle shares his passion for portrait painting with Leisure Painter
Part 1 Practise producing cloud and sky studies as Steve Strode begins a four-part series on painting elements of the landscape
How to unify your paintings with a six-colour palette and by following these simple exercises, with John Mitchell
Pick up a few basic materials and learn techniques to make quick and lively sketches of animals, with Gary Geraths
Adrienne Parker reports on new fine oil colours for artists – and enjoys experimenting with colour and technique
Part 1 Join Linda Birch as she explores and develops her abstract painting processes
Follow oil painter, Noel Gregory’s painting and thought processes as he depicts an exotic market scene in old Casablanca
Follow this demonstration to paint wood texture in watercolour, adapted from a book by Terry Harrison
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