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.

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Portraits of Holocaust Survivors by David Jon Kassan

Portraits of Holocaust survivors might well be considered the work of decades because truly surviving such a traumatic upheaval goes far beyond living through the experience. Surviving, in its fullest sense, entails thriving—going on to rebuild a life and, eventually, look back upon the days before, during and after the Holocaust to see the complex...

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Exhibition of the Month: John Steuart Curry’s Early Years

John Steuart Curry (1897–1946) became widely recognized in the 1920s and 1930s for his intimate understanding and representation of the people and landscapes of his home state of Kansas. Artwork from the artist’s formative years is on view in “John Steuart Curry: Mapping the Early Career,” an exhibition on display through May 13 at...

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Drawing Books: Hokusai’s Lost Manga

The following book review of “Hokusai’s Lost Manga” appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Drawing magazine. For more drawing instruction and additional reviews of drawing books, subscribe. Review by Austin R. Williams. Today the word manga refers to Japanese narrative comics and cartoons, but the tradition of Japanese comics dates back only to...

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An Oil Portrait Demo in 4 Parts with Katie O’Hagan

Katie O’Hagan walks us through this oil portait demo in 4 easy-to-follow steps. ~ 1. Starting with the Eye: As usual,  I start with the eye. Prussian blue is a recent addition to my palette; I use it mainly when painting the white part of the eye, which requires the tiniest amount of the...

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How Different Materials Affect the Drawing Process

The following article by Dan Gheno, about the pros and cons of various drawing materials, appears in the winter 2017 issue of Drawing magazine. You can see the full list of articles in the issue, and you can get your copy here or download a digital version here. You can also subscribe to Drawing. ~~~ How Different Materials...

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Oil Demo: Painting the Nude in Nature

In this oil demo, Gregg Kreutz returns to the site of the 2015 Nude in Nature Workshop and, with the same model, posing as she had during Kreutz’s class, he painted this study. ~ 1. Positioning: First Kreutz lays in a rough approximation of the general shape of the model. At issue isn’t accuracy or...

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Get to Know Oil Painter Glenn Harren

Oil painter Glenn Harren shares with The Artist’s Magazine his process and inspiration. I started studying art in junior high, and when I was able to drive, I studied in private studios around Pennsylvania. I went to artist and teacher Nelson Shanks, who sent me to study under Henry Hensche in 1977. From there I...

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From Grisaille to Color: Oil Demo with Dan Thompson

As seen in The Artist’s Magazine’s March issue, Dan Thompson walks us through his oil demo with a deep concentration on grisaille. FROM GRISAILLE TO COLOR by Dan Thompson 1. Open grisaille: I had the honor of painting Jack in Studio Six of The Art Students League of New York. This was the room of...