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Discover figurative art guidance and inspiration from master artists who share their experience and advice on drawing and painting portraits, self-portraits, and the figure.

“Knowing the person you paint changes the way you paint them.” Watercolor artist Karisa Keasey explains how she adjusts composition, color, foreground, and background to go beyond stereotypes and show a more complete picture of one’s story.
Huihan Liu explains how simplifying a painting before developing the narrative may be your key to a successful composition.
Contemporary painter Nancy Boren shares her inspiration and process for painting “Fairy Dust on the Breeze.”
“One of the frustrations with being an artist is hitting the proverbial ‘plateau,’ and if not handled correctly, such plateaus can make or break your artistic confidence,” says realist painter Tony Pro. Here are some of his tips to help you get past these bumps in the road to good painting.
View portrait and figurative paintings by Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso, who pays homage to historic women artists in her new exhibition.
Drawing heads, hands, and feet often intimidates new artists. In this excerpt from “Figure Drawing Atelier,” Juliette Aristides shares sketches that will help you both simplify the process and inspire you to practice.
From the model’s clothing to the background setting, learn how David Tanner uses various elements to create an engaging narrative painting.
Contemporary realist painter O’Neil Scott was born in Jamaica and currently works in Pennsylvania. He took the time to share with us his path to oil painting, his challenges and techniques, and how he uses art to “leave the world a little better place.”
Meet this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador, narrative painter Kristy Gordon.
Be inspired when you read about David Shevlino’s evolution in painting the figure.
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