Portrait & Figurative Art: How to Draw or Paint People & Figures

Mastering figurative art is no small feat, particularly when it comes to portrait art. Rendering the human form, in any medium, requires careful attention to proportions, scale, and familiarity with anatomy. Here we delve into must-know information on painting portraits, including how to draw people and how to draw portraits to moving beyond a sense of likeness to capture a figure’s essence.

10 Tips for Mapping Out the Figure

During the mapping out stage of a figure drawing, it's important to consider the small individual shapes you see and also how those shapes line up with other parts of the model. Vincent Giarrano, featured in the October 2011 issue of The Artist's Magazine, shares these tips for mapping out the...

Watercolor painting by Mary Whyte | ArtistsNetwork.com

Advice From Mary Whyte

Mary Whyte's watercolors tell stories of Americans whose work and traditions are fading into the past, but not before she documents their existence in artworks that could strongly stand on their own even without the meanings behind them.
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A Ruby Glow — Glazing Secrets from Vermeer to Rembrandt

Modern Oil Painting Needs an Old Master’s Boost: Glazing “Just as we can look deep within a ruby so can we look deep within a skillful glaze.” Powerful words from Michael Wilcox but he knows that of which he speaks–and delivers! The author of a gorgeous book simply titled, Glazing, Wilcox offered us...