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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.

Geoff Flack, director of the Core Drawing Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art, takes us behind the scenes of his art, including why - and how - he "disrupts reality" in his figure drawings.
"After getting clean and sober, the haze lifted and I was able to use that life experience of sad emptiness to feed my artwork. The struggle then had meaning." Annie Murphy Robinson explains.
On figurative art: "Drawn from lived experiences, the work I make records moments as a diary but also points as a metaphor for larger issues," says Charis J. Carmichael Braun.
What if you had to pay for every line you drew? Learn how this artist uses "Penny Lines" and "Dollar Lines" to give each mark a hierarchy of importance.
"The drawing process as I learned it was the education in a style of vision," says Anthony Matromatteo.
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.
Learn how colored pencil artist Jesse Lane uses lighting affects to create a highly emotional piece of art.
Today we spotlight the contemporary art of Michelle Tully, co-founder of Studio Escalier.
We discovered the work of contemporary artist Vicki Sullivan when she became a Realism Today Ambassador of the Week. Here, she shares a step-by-step demonstration of a figurative painting.
In this video broadcast, Daniel Graves walks through some of the age-old techniques on painting like the masters.
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