"There is a spontaneity that happens when I work with a live model as opposed to working from a still photo." Read more from portrait artist Brian Smith.
If you’re new to portraits, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when sketching faces.
In her pastel portraits, Gwenneth Barth-White draws on the delicate nuances and rich sensuousness of layered pastel, as seen in this step-by-step demonstration.
This somber charcoal portrait drawing below by Edgar Jerins is one of 100 artworks that made the cut. I immediately felt drawn into it, and after reading the story of the individuals that Jerins has portrayed, I understand why it feels so personal. These aren’t just random subjects; they’re family, and you can sense...
When I took a figure drawing class, I found that learning how to draw people can be simultaneously the most satisfying and frustrating things I’ve ever done. Frustrating because when I started, my figures were worse than stick figure drawings, but satisfying because every lesson meant that I saw immediate improvement in my art,...
Yael Maimon is The Artist's Magazine's October artist of the month. She was a finalist in our annual competition last year with her pastel drawing.
I began painting in a primitive folk art style and several of my paintings were featured in Early American Life Magazine. In 1999, the First Lady was impressed with the artists in a Traditional Craftsman issue. By Presidential invitation, I was honored to create a small folk art oil painting to decorate the Blue...
Portrait artist Luana Luconi Winner knows the importance of capturing the uniqueness of one’s eyes, and how to do so with realism. Learn her techniques for drawing eyes here.
Discover the groundbreaking art movement simply titled Women Painting Women.
It surprises me, sometimes, to hear about the questions that people ask professional artists. Urban sketches and plein air painters alike have experienced odd questions and comments from passersby, but they're not alone.
"Robin Sheard Nyikos paints pastel portraits and still lifes that brilliantly combine richly layered surfaces with great clarity of form," says arts writer John A. Parks. "Juxtaposing the patterns of exotic fabrics with delicately nuanced descriptions of flesh, her paintings present a world that’s delightfully varied, pleasingly sensual and always engaging."