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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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...

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3 Tips for Drawing Beginners

Drawing magazine and Artist’s Network are pleased to present several tips offered by artists appearing in our new eMagazine Drawing for Beginners. If you like what you see, you can download the complete eMag, chock full of instruction for drawing beginners, here.   1: Stand Back and Glance Back and Forth “Throughout your drawing, take a break...

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Problem Solving with Oil Painter Joshua LaRock

If you’re in a creative rut and you can’t get out, you’re not alone! Here, oil painter Joshua LaRock walks us through different ways to work out problems you may face with a project. Problem Solving by Joshua LaRock Master drawing: Learn to put aside assumed ideas of what you are looking at, and...

Exhibition of the Month: Drawing Meets Sculpture

Drawing and sculpture are more closely connected than they may at first appear, and the complex ties between them are the subject of our Drawing exhibition of the month for January. “The Sculptural Line” opens January 17 at The Getty, in Los Angeles, and will be on view until April 16. At times, drawings can be...