This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
The simple exercises in chip carving call for but little comment, In No. [36 the flat triangular bands should be matted with a punch. The little nicks, "or sparklets," might be omitted. In No. 137 care must he taken with the semicircular cuts, which would he more easily done with the knife than the chisel. The lines on the outside circle should be incised with a veiner, or V tool. Also, the double outlines in No. 139.
Teaching Illustration by Correspondence.
Among the many traps bailed for the unwary art student is that of the self-styled expert in black-in-white, who, himself without experience, advertises to teach anyone, by correspondence, how to earn a living by making drawings for illustration. Under proper guidance and criticism, however, it is quite possible for a person who has some knowledge of drawing, by correspondence to improve his style greatly and acquire a sound technic in black-and-white. We know that the Henry Blackburn School (123, Victoria-street, Westminster) has many such pupils. Only recently we were shown a batch of progressive drawings by one of them taught by correspondence, and the improvement noticeable in his work was very remarkable. But, of course, this is an old-established school of art, and the correspondence teaching is only incidental. The principal, Mr. J. S. Eland, is well known as an illustrator and as a Royal Academy prize-winner, medallist and exhibitor, and he is ably seconded by Mr. E. A. Norbry, a member of the Cambrian Academy, who has had long experience in teaching the practical side of illustrating.
The Editor's Table.