The art of portrait painting isn’t just drenched in rich history--it continues to challenge and fascinate artists of all ages and backgrounds and, no doubt, will continue to do so as long as we continue as a civilization. Yet the process can be as overwhelming to the beginner as it is frustrating to the...
With Stan Prokopenko’s guidance, you can learn how to acknowledge your drawing mistakes, and then how to fix them. With practice, you’ll find that it becomes easier to draw accurately the first time.
Asheville, N.C., artist Melanie Norris employs a restraint in her watercolor portraits, painting just enough detail to capture a likeness. View some of these captivating works here, and read more about her in the April 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist.
“Why are drawing eyeglasses so darned hard? What am I doing wrong?” This is a common dilemma. I’ve seen it a million times ... a beautiful portrait fails miserably because the subject of the drawing is wearing eyeglasses. Often, the face looks good, and the glasses look like a cartoon.
Vanessa Turner’s art is included in Art Journey Portraits and Figures, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf. In it, Wolf interviews dozens of portrait artists who share their processes. Here’s what Turner had to say.
Experimenting and practicing are elements that can’t be ignored. Lucky for us, though, Chris Saper shares her results and methods in Classic Portrait Painting in Oils: Keys to Mastering Diverse Skin Tones. Here's a peek at what she has to say.
The watercolor paintings of Keinyo White show us the figure and nothing but the figure. The model’s surroundings are absent, aside from perhaps a chair, and in many cases even his or her clothing is rendered minimally. View some of the artist's striking watercolor portraits and figures here!
British artist Charles Williams applies a touch of whimsy to his watercolor subjects with an award-winning artistic foundation in drawing and painting (both watercolor and oil). His paintings of everyday life—both figures and still lifes—have a distinct air, as if he’s smiling wryly to himself. The people depicted often appear to be wearing fashions that they perhaps would have been better...
"There is a spontaneity that happens when I work with a live model as opposed to working from a still photo." Read more from portrait artist Brian Smith.
Watercolor Art: Painting Tips for Beautiful Light As the northern hemisphere experiences the approach of the shortest night of the year next month, many of us are feeling envious of our friends in Australia and New Zealand, who are heading into their spring. Humans are creatures of light: it’s how we see the world...
If you’re new to portraits, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when sketching faces.