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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Painterly People | Carol McSweeney Watercolor Portraits

The watercolor portraits of Carol McSweeney, which she describes as “carefully and sometimes deceptively loose,” convey the artist’s fascination with the human spirit and the unique beauty she observes in people. McSweeney is passionate about getting to know her subjects. “It’s educational for me to meet and hear about their lives and then create a piece that...

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Drawing the Human Head

Concentrate first on seeing and drawing basic planes of dark and light; then proceed to smaller shapes and details. (An excerpt from Drawing Expressive Portraits) by Paul Leveille Drawing the human head correctly takes practice, but I never consider it work. To me, people are the most fascinating subjects to study and to draw. There’s...

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Drawing the Mouth

Focus on the Facial Features: The Nose Understanding the basic structures of the various facial features goes a long way in achieving a realistic depiction. (An excerpt from Drawing Expressive Portraits) By Paul Leveille The features are what make human faces so interesting. Although most features are constructed similarly from person to person, each individual...

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Drawing the Nose

Focus on the Features: The Nose Understanding the basic structures of the various facial features goes a long way in achieving a realistic depiction. (An excerpt from Drawing Expressive Portraits) By Paul Leveille   The features are what make human faces so interesting. Although most features are constructed similarly from person to person, each...

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How to Draw Faces: Drawing the Ears

Focus on Facial Features: Drawing The Ears Understanding the basic structures of the various facial features goes a long way in achieving a realistic depiction. By Paul Leveille     The features are what make human faces so interesting. Although most features are constructed similarly from person to person, each individual still exhibits subtle and...

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Everyday People: Jose Apaza Watercolor Figures

Peruvian-born artist José Apaza takes a simple, straightforward approach to his watercolor figures and portraits. He cites regular people, not artists, as his primary creative influence. View some of these humble people in this watercolor gallery.