Patricia Guzmán celebrates the indigenous people of Mexico in watercolor portraits that defy stereotype and shine a light on the displaced, disappeared and forgotten. Follow along step-by-step in this stellar watercolor demonstration!
Sarah Parks explains how to use basic figure drawing techniques in this demonstration on how to draw a child for beginners.
Creating a realistic portrait drawing of a child takes extra care, as Carrie Stuart Parks is here to remind us.
Today it’s my pleasure to bring you inspiring words of advice from Maureen Killaby, who has mastered the art of drawing and finds pleasure in sharing her knowledge with those on the same path.
The watercolor portraits of Carol McSweeney, which she describes as “carefully and sometimes deceptively loose,” convey the artist’s fascination with the human spirit and the unique beauty she observes in people. McSweeney is passionate about getting to know her subjects. “It’s educational for me to meet and hear about their lives and then create a piece that...
If you’re new to portraits, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when sketching faces.
A successful drawing requires the artist to leave behind the names and often meanings of familiar objects and places. Instead the artist sees a collection of shapes, relationships and values. I had glimpsed the world as pure, elemental form and for a moment I had difficulty shifting back to seeing things as I always...
The immediate sense of recognition we feel looking at a pastel portrait by Melissa Dring may well be influenced by another side of the English artist’s life: her work as a police forensic artist. She combines her skills in forensic drawing and portraiture to intriguing effect with her portrait of English novelist Jane Austen.
Peruvian-born artist José Apaza takes a simple, straightforward approach to his watercolor figures and portraits. He cites regular people, not artists, as his primary creative influence. View some of these humble people in this watercolor gallery.
Understanding the play of warm and cool color variations is key to depicting lifelike fleshtones.
The practice of gesture drawing is an important part of understanding the figure and its ability to create interesting shapes from limitless motions. Jon deMartin, author of Drawing Atelier: The Figure, offers guidance on this in the following excerpt. Gesture Drawing: Finding the Gesture and Orienting Forms by Jon deMartin The figure’s line of...