Portrait and Figure Painting

How to Paint Oil Portraits

Oil Painting: Portraits in Cool Light with Chris Saper

How to Paint Portraits Portrait painting is popular for a reason, and it’s tough to argue with the classics. Even in the age of the selfie stick and easy access to cameras, we’re drawn to formal portraiture; not only because we want the ability to control how we’re presented to the world, but because...

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Acrylic Figurative Paintings That Celebrate The Eternal Feminine

Danielle Richard’s realistic portraits showcase her ability to capture amazing light and evoke timeless emotions. Richard is a self-proclaimed hunter of light. She has honed the ability to notice and capture points of light as she takes her reference photos. The fall 2015 issue of Acrylic Artist features 11 stunning paintings, and here are 6 more for your viewing...

Learn how to draw faces in 5 minute studies!

Learn How to Draw Faces in 5 Minutes

How to Draw Faces While drawing faces can be terrifying for beginning artists to approach, though there are few subjects that are more compelling than the features of a loved one. How many of us have itched to capture the cuteness of a young family member before their joy and wonder at the world...

Sleeping Child (watercolor on paper) by Julia Sorrell

The Shape of Things to Come: Julia Sorrell Watercolor Figures

Drawing and geometry serve as the strong underpinnings for British artist Julia Sorrell‘s watercolor paintings. They’re at the heart of her work, both in the development of the composition—the visible and suggested lines that lead the eye around a painting—and in the construction of the often-complex shapes she draws. One of her figure series on the human condition...

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Family Ties: Gaela Erwin Pastel Portrait Gallery

Artist Gaela Erwin forthrightly states that much of her work is about loss and mortality—poignant themes in the recent series of portraits of her mother. For nearly 20 years, Erwin had almost exclusively painted self-portraits, exploring similar issues as well as a series of self-portraits as saints. But, “I kind of got sick of myself,”...

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Face Time: Myrna Wacknov Self-Portrait Gallery

Around the time watercolor artist-turned-mixed-media-artist Myrna Wacknov began painting experimental portraits, she hit upon a way to streamline the effort that has since provided an endless opportunity for inventive exploration: self-portraiture. “I was teaching a workshop in advanced portraiture, and one of the lessons was about the face and hands,” she says. “The previous lesson...