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 | 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...

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Painting Hair with Kevin Muente

I use a similar technique to paint hair and grass, but this demonstration is for hair. After I’ve decided on the shape of the head and have examined the overall dimensions (the width and the length), I feel ready to paint the area. Notice the line across the back of the head and the...

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Do Your Homework | Everett Raymond Kinstler on Drawing

“There are three things that are important: feeling, imagination, and the means to communicate.” Everett Raymond Kinstler, one of America’s leading portraitists, shared this insight in the newest issue of Drawing (Winter 2014). His feature article focuses on the importance of the sketches of his models and subjects, and how he’s able to convey...