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Portrait & Figurative Art: How to Draw or Paint People & Figures
I was inspired to paint this homeless gentleman, who’d been given a leftover 2010 census T-shirt by the city of Atlanta. The title of the painting, Today We Count (watercolor, 18×24), comes from the top line printed on the T-shirt.
The summer 2013 issue of Drawing focuses on illustration, highlighting how the best examples of the art form are not only wonderfully imaginative but also as technically accomplished as the drawings and paintings seen in galleries. For a taste of what’s included in …
In the November 2013 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, Sadie Valeri teaches you how to draw a value sphere from start to finish by using a controlled graphite shading technique to render light shining on a three-dimensional object.
Portrait Painting Techniques You can Trust Alain Picard’s steps to pastel portrait painting in Essential Techniques for Pastel Portraits make it easy for you to paint a gorgeous portrait full of life. Painting faces is one of art history’s greatest …
I was brought up on a beautiful farm in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, and my mother–a gifted artist herself–always encouraged me as a child to use my God given talent. I had no formal art training and it was only in my mid 30′s that I returned to my passion and began by illustrating a series of children’s books, and painting wildlife and birds for calendars. Then, in 2006, I made the decision to paint full-time after a piece of my work was accepted by a top gallery, The Everard Read Gallery, in Cape Town, South Africa. That was the beginning of an exciting new era with my artwork as I was given permission to do a series of paintings with the little girl in Sleeping Beauties who was born and raised in the Namibian Desert, and who had an amazing rapport with wild animals. I knew I had found my niche in portraiture!
Patricia Traub’s work, featured in The Artist’s Magazine (September 2013) moved me and left me feeling introspective. I’ll let you read the article for yourself to learn how she “depicts humans as protectors alongside endangered species and unwanted pets,” but until you do, I’d like to share some of her painting and composition techniques.
A double life is what Sharon Sprung admits to when it comes to her art. Her portraits are beautiful as fields of color sometimes heightened with ornament, yet they provoke the viewer into feeling each subject’s soul and guts. Sprung wrestles with the dichotomy between realism and abstraction. “There’s a beautiful freedom in the mergence of the two that allows me to speak visually to more people,” she says over coffee in a cafe near her teaching gig at the Art Students League in New York City.
As a portrait artist, Alain J. Picard is forever inspired by the beauty and diversity of humanity and how it is expressed in the human face. View a gallery of some of his portraiture and notice how he depicts the nuances of various skin tones.
Rita Kirkman is interested in the effects of uncontrolled light on human faces, as well as the vibrant milieu of the Renaissance fair. Follow along as she paints a pastel portrait in her “Renaissance” series.