Asheville, N.C., artist Melanie Norris employs a restraint in her watercolor portraits, painting just enough detail to capture a likeness. View some of these captivating works here, and read more about her in the April 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist.
“Why are drawing eyeglasses so darned hard? What am I doing wrong?” This is a common dilemma. I’ve seen it a million times ... a beautiful portrait fails miserably because the subject of the drawing is wearing eyeglasses. Often, the face looks good, and the glasses look like a cartoon.
Congratulations to our January Artist of the Month, Amanda Dicken! She was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition. Her painting, Dad, is below. Keep scrolling to see what Dicken has to say about art and life. Raleigh, North Carolina ~ www.artbyartmanda.com Both my parents were artists, so I grew up in a very creative...
Vanessa Turner’s art is included in Art Journey Portraits and Figures, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf. In it, Wolf interviews dozens of portrait artists who share their processes. Here’s what Turner had to say.
Experimenting and practicing are elements that can’t be ignored. Lucky for us, though, Chris Saper shares her results and methods in Classic Portrait Painting in Oils: Keys to Mastering Diverse Skin Tones. Here's a peek at what she has to say.
The watercolor paintings of Keinyo White show us the figure and nothing but the figure. The model’s surroundings are absent, aside from perhaps a chair, and in many cases even his or her clothing is rendered minimally. View some of the artist's striking watercolor portraits and figures here!
British artist Charles Williams applies a touch of whimsy to his watercolor subjects with an award-winning artistic foundation in drawing and painting (both watercolor and oil). His paintings of everyday life—both figures and still lifes—have a distinct air, as if he’s smiling wryly to himself. The people depicted often appear to be wearing fashions that they perhaps would have been better...
"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...