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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A Touch of Whimsy | Charles Williams Watercolor Figures

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...

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Drawing, Fall 2014 Preview Video

The fall 2014 issue of Drawing is devoted to the continuation of your artistic education, with focuses on holding a pencil, the relationship between painting and drawing, and how to draw the eye and the ear from various angles. Other topics include a look at the nearly photographic accuracy in the work of of James Valerio,  the 17th-century Baroque...

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Lessons From a Bizarre Master

The fall issue of Drawing brings to our attention an overlooked artist from the Baroque era: Giovanni Battista Bracelli. Bracelli’s greatest achievement was a series of etchings called “Bizzarie di Varie Figure,” in which figures are inventively constructed out of geometrical forms, objects, and materials. In the article, John A. Parks tells the story of Bracelli’s career (or what...