Ambassador of the Week: Tiffany Dae

Meet Tiffany Dae, this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador! Dae is an imaginative realist painter born in Hawaii to migrant parents from Cuba and India.

Step-by-Step Portrait Drawing: The Power of Line and Light

One line, narrowing from thick to thin, can control the weight, movement, and emotion within a composition. See how in this step-by-step portrait drawing demonstration from Jeremy Caniglia.

Striving for Truth and Beauty in Art

“Artists must be patient and be true to themselves and trust their own tastes and their own habits of working and living,” says Daniel Sprick, “and be true to their own aesthetic preferences.”

3 Ways to Achieve Excellence in Art

Why do some artists get to a certain level and then stagnate, while others keep improving their entire lives? Here are three tips from William Schneider on how to continue to progress.

Historical Approaches for Contemporary Portrait Practice

After years of studying first-person sources, manuscripts, and practicing as an artist, Matthew James Collins discovered a thread connecting different eras of time. Learn what the common theme is in this article on painting life-size portraiture.

Figurative Art Spotlight: Danny Grant

Today’s spotlight is on the figurative art of Danny Grant. Enjoy this Q&A we had about his work, his young model, and more.

Another Milestone for Contemporary Realism

Realism Today celebrates the thousands of American artists who have been trained in traditional methods; and it is particularly significant because it offers yet another outlet of information and ideas for this booming field.

Drawing Portraits and the Challenge of Sanguine Chalk

A Figurative Art Convention & Expo scholarship recipient shares her work, her personal path through drawing portraits, and more, in this exclusive Q&A.

Figure Drawing Basics: Dan Thompson on Drawing Cadavers

“While cadavers lack the characteristic of gesture, there is a nearly fantastical appreciation of the form sense, layer by layer,” Thompson says. “The study of the threading and composition of human form is an inexhaustible source of learning.” Read more about a recent drawing workshop from the Art Students League of New York.

Contemporary Realism: Quixotic Pursuits in Art

“There are thousands of options every time you pick up a brush,” says Nancy Depew. “What will guide the decisions you make and what priorities will be revealed by those decisions? Those are the questions that fascinate me. My paintings are done only after I’ve resolved every question.”
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