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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Pastel Pick of the Week | Studios on the Park Invitational

Congratulations to pastel artist William Hosner, of Traverse City, Mich., on winning the Best of Show Award in the Studios on the Park Signature Invitational Exhibition in Paso Robles, Calif., which opened May 21 and runs through June 29. The exhibition featured the work of 20 of the country's finest contemporary realist painters...

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A Fascinating Thing About Painting

Artists don’t paint because it’s an easy thing to do. It often takes patience, practice, and a concentrated effort to be able to paint to one’s satisfaction. In Pastel Journal Daniel E. Greene, who has built a hearty portfolio of breathtaking portraits, admits that painting is “a never-ending process of challenges and learning.”

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It Was A Little Tacky | Painting Portraits

Mark Menendez is a portrait artist who has an incredible passion for teaching. I’m so pleased to share with you this Q&A we held recently. Make sure you read all the way through--you’ll get a kick out of a slight misunderstanding he had with a beautiful student, which he shares here.

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Pastel Pick of the Week | A Brush With Royalty

Artist David Wells, of MacCleay Island, Australia, who made news in pastel circles earlier this spring as the Grand Prize Award winner in the Pastel Journal's 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition for his pastel, Cassandra, is making news again for his portraiture. The subject of his latest portrait—Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge—is perhaps the...