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Watercolor Portrait Demo: LeAnn | Mario A. Robinson

Esteemed portrait and figure painter Mario A. Robinson uses a monochromatic block-in to achieve  light, medium and dark skin tones. Follow along as he creates a medium skin tone for his watercolor portrait of LeAnn: I painted LeAnn using a cool light to illuminate the subject. The light cooled the warm tones of the skin, as well...

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Online Gallery: Portrait Drawings by Joel Daniel Phillips

In the fall 2015 issue of Drawing magazine, we feature Joel Daniel Phillips as our New and Notable artist. Phillips’ life-size charcoal portrait drawings of San Franciscans embrace the subjects’ individualism. The artist shows them wearing their usual garb and in many cases holding items or props that are meaningful to them. His portrait titled, simply, G...

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Stephen Zhang Watercolor Portraits: A Brush With Everyday Life

Loose, broad brushstrokes and fresh color add energy and import to Stephen Zhang’s watercolor sketches and watercolor portraits of common men and women in everyday pursuits. He combines transparent washes of vibrant, flowing color and rich, complex glazes. The result? A realistic depiction that retains a fresh, spontaneous quality. “I’ve always been drawn to human figures for the...

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Cesar Santos on Classical Oil Portraits

Once the proportions look good, I start adding more information. I find the eye sockets, the nose and the rest of the features. My advice: If you have to put some value down to see proportion, better do it, but don’t fall into shading or rendering. Remember, this stage is to facilitate the painting’s...

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Oil Painting: Portraits in Cool Light with Chris Saper

How to Paint Portraits Portrait painting is popular for a reason, and it’s tough to argue with the classics. Even in the age of the selfie stick and easy access to cameras, we’re drawn to formal portraiture; not only because we want the ability to control how we’re presented to the world, but because...