I am thrilled to say that I am on the cover of the September 2022 issue of Artists & Illustrators! My pastel portrait Bonny Miss Bonnie is smiling at passers by from newstands, gracing the computers of digital subscribers and cheering up coffee tables across the UK and overseas.
Inside the magazine there is a six page ‘In the Studio’ feature exploring my artistic inspirations, motivations and methods. Seeing my work in print is always exciting, and to have my drawings in a magazine I have enjoyed for many years is very flattering.
Being an artist can be a pretty isolating job. I am not one of those who spends a lot of time on social media connecting with people, and in-person events are few and far between at the moment due to other commitments, so having an opportunity like this to reach a wider audience than I ever would on my own is something I am very grateful for.
The interview questions I was posed were excellent, they really made me reflect on what I do and why. And when I asked those who follow me online which 10 artworks people felt best represent my work, I received a brilliant response with many considered replies. All of those votes and comments helped inform the selection of pictures I submitted for this feature, so thank you to everyone who contributed and encouraged me.
You can get your copy of Artists & Illustrators in many highstreet retailers, major supermarkets and independent newsagents, or visit the A&I website and buy or subscribe online.
If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in this article about my feature in Cornwall Life Magazine.
I was taking a well earned break and enjoying a cup of tea with the latest issue of The SAA’s Paint Magazine. When I turned the page I was thrilled to discover my pencil portrait A Lifetime of Laughter smiling back at me.
My drawing was Highly Commended in their Artists of the Year 2020 competition, which is a great honour as there are entries from so many artists whose work I admire.
Back in 2018 I also had the good fortune to receive the award of Highly Commended for my pencil portrait Amur Leopard which was also a finalist that year.
Entries for AOY 2021 are now open, so join me and enter too.
The February edition of the US publication COLOR Magazine features my most recent coloured pencil artwork, An Age of Indigo. I was asked if I would like to be included, which was of course a yes from me, and so I wrote a short piece about this portrait which you can read on the COLOR blog.
COLOR Magazine is a creation of the American artist Ann Kullberg, the first artist I became aware of who worked in coloured pencil, back when I was a teenager. Her realistic portraits were a huge inspiration to me, and I would pore over the book of hers that I borrowed from my local library, in awe of her skill and these seemingly impossible artworks.
This is the second time I have been featured in COLOR, you can read more about the first time I was the cover artist and published in its pages with my post about my step by step guide to drawing A Violet Veil.
I was invited to write a feature for the November 2020 edition of The SAA’s PAINT magazine. When considering what the subject might be I happened upon this owl, and I found its faraway expression so appealing as it looked to me as if it were deep in thought.
I really enjoy sharing the process of how I create an artwork. It is an opportunity to demystify what happens on the drawing board, and also encourages me to work in a more methodical and way than I usually do. The act of recording the stages, the colours used and the manner in which I work brings a focus to the act which can be really valuable. Plus seeing my words and art in print is always particularly rewarding, so thank you to The SAA. I hope that the readers of PAINT will find this tutorial as rewarding and fun as I did.
May 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine, an American publication by the coloured pencil artist Ann Kullberg, showcases my drawing The Violet Veil. Across five pages I detail the materials used and describe my process, designed so Color readers can also draw this portrait, step by step.
I am thrilled to be the cover artist for such a respected magazine, and to have this opportunity to share my work with a global audience whom I hope will be inspired as I was by the beauty and potential of coloured pencil. Download your copy here at annkullberg.com
Seeing my artwork published is always a delight, however this feature has particular importance to me. When I was a teenager growing up in a small town in England, I had few frames of reference for what was happpening in the art world outside of my efforts at home and in school. For those of us who remember a time before the internet bombarded us with images and information, you will appreciate how hard it could be to find others who shared your interests. I happened upon a book by Ann Kullberg in my local library, and remember vividly how amazed I was by her artwork, and the joy of discovering a collection of such realistic portraits. The fact they were all in coloured pencil was beyond my comprehension, it seemed impossibly exciting and intriging. Now all these years later here I am, having had the opportunity to thank Ann directly for writing that book and for being an inspiration to my younger self, I am feeling very grateful for all that has happened and for the joy that art brings to mine and to so many others lives.