Adrienne Stein on Painting Composition

How do you create a complex painting composition? Stein explains in this article: “It takes risk to turn a good painting into a great painting.”

Ambassador of the Week: Ammama Malik

Meet this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador, Ammama Malik.

Using Torso Blocks for Figurative Art

What divides fine art from trendy gimmicks and fads? What is it that makes art timeless? Sculptor Rick Casali explains.

Drawing as a Way of Seeing

"My creative process is inherently about labor, and against the modern backdrop of instant, image-driven gratification, I have found the physical process involved in the painstaking, craft-driven rendering of a subject or a moment to be ever more important."

The Contemporary Realism of Vincent Figliola

At 83 years old — and still painting — Figliola has been referred to as “a contemporary realist, painting the Renaissance and making it today.”

Ambassador of the Week: Traci Wright Martin

Meet this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador, Traci Wright Martin.

On Painting Portrait Commissions, and More

Artist D.K. Richardson shares her process for painting portraits, including her underpainting techniques, her preferred varnish, overcoming the challenge of accurate proportions, and more.

Thoughts on Sensuality in Art

Contemporary figurative artist Alan Feltus shares an essay on painting the nude female figure.

Brushwork and the Breath

In this guest blog post, Katie Swatland shares a painting demonstration that illustrates how to use brushwork to capture the energetic signature of your subject, as well as brushwork exercises to unlock more possibilities for your art.

The Science and Magic of Painting

“When one decides to dispense with the idea that becoming a painter involves some mysticism, real progress can be made,” says Tim Rees. “My painting career began with one assumption: There are very skilled artists painting realism, and if they learned how to do it, so can I.”

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