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Textures and edges

Lucy and Hattie At Play, graphite pencil in Seawhite sketchbook, 10x9in (25.5x23cm)

Ruth Buchanan worked and taught in graphic design and illustration. She exhibits nationally and internationally, and her work features in private and corporate collections in the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East. Ruth teaches for Pure Artwork Studios, Oxfordshire, and has led workshops throughout the UK and in the USA. Her joint exhibition with fellow artist and co-mentor Julie Cross, ‘Thump of the Tale’, runs from September 29 throughout October, with associated workshops, at The Granary Gallery, Weston Park, Shropshire.

When painting animals we come across many textures, but the most challenging is hair or fur. You could paint every individual hair, but I prefer to aim for the illusion and movement of fur rather than each individual hair. The main issue is how to get the effect without losing the sense of the structure below.

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Welcome to our September issue, packed with inspiration, demonstrations and practical advice for all artists, covering all your favourite media. Our artist-contributors show you how to paint sunlight and shadows in watercolour, capture the effects of sparkling light on water in acrylics, create a balanced composition, while Amanda Hyatt shares her top ten tips for painting rivers and lakes in watercolour. There are also demonstrations on how to paint buildings, capture the texture of fur when painting animals, how to create a simple but dramatic linocut and showing why oils are great for developing still-life compositions in the studio. Seasoned exhibitor Nicholas Poullis offers advice on how to give yourself the best chance of selling your work, Steve Hall urges you to step out of your comfort zone and try a new medium and Haidee-Jo Summers encourages you to take up the #DrawingAugust challenge. Share your sketches with us, too, to win a prize and see your work published in The Artist. There's plenty more too, including the latest news, views, competitions to enter and our test report on the new Winsor & Newton Cadmium-Free watercolours.