I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful magazine. I’m a traditional artist, primarily using graphite pencils on Bristol paper. Your magazine is jam-packed with useful information that I’m able to apply to my style of art. Your magazine contributors produce the most amazing art work. Michael Guest, via email Beren replies Nice one Michael! And if you’re reading this, you should head over to Jim Pavelec’s tips workshop on page 104. It’s a fascinating look at his process in creating graphite and charcoal portraits. Even if beautiful grotesque isn’t for you, his insight is definitely an eye-opener.
I agree a quota system (mentioned in Letters, issue 120) to create a gender balance of featured artists is not the way to go. That said, two of this century’s superstars who are worthy of an issue each happen to be young women – Fiona Staples and Victo Ngai. An interview with Diane Dillon about being a prominent female artist for over 50 years would not go amiss either. Occasional cover art picturing males instead of females would also be appreciated. Dame, US, via email Beren replies Thanks Dame. The great thing about this Letters page is to hear back from you guys. Opening up a dialogue about gender inequality, visibility and representation may bring with it strong, differing opinions, but it’s so important, especially if it results in the celebration of great artists. The more we hear from you about the artists you love, the better for you, the artist, and the magazine.
Étienne’s portrait of Robert De Niro is a good example of the artist’s love of black and white.