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 figure painting and portraiture, from 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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Breaking Through the Wall

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but it never fails. I always seem to hit the wall creatively. Maybe it’s the oppressive cold. Maybe it’s the shorter days/longer nights. But I always seem to end up in a funk that affects my writing, my work…everything. So what’s one to...

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Working Up From a Grisaille

For my surface I used Belgian portrait linen mounted on a panel, which gave me the best of two worlds: the tooth of the linen and the solidity of a panel. I prepared this surface with several layers of lead white so that the weave was barely noticeable. The color of my imprimatura (toning...