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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.

Gen­der quota

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.

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