Figurative Art

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.

Cuong Nguyen explains his method for creating realistic portrait and figure paintings.
Sharon Sprung on painting portraits and figures: "I seek a dialog between the two, to explore and provoke a more cohesive emotional experience."
Art is a language and you, the artist, have the power to communicate beautiful messages through your interpretation of your subjects.
"The single moment captured in one second in the photography is being transferred for months to the canvas to make this moment eternal," says Jan Mikulka. "The obsession in those moments...excites me even more when I am making the painting."
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.”
With Mother's Day coming up this weekend, we honor strength, mystery, and unconditional love in a roundup of drawings and paintings of mothers with children. 
What colors should you use when painting the figure? Anna Wypych shares her philosophy and methods in this free article.
Australian realist painter Narelle Zeller shares her inspiration for “Brave New Worker,” and her step-by-step process for creating it.
What divides fine art from trendy gimmicks and fads? What is it that makes art timeless? Sculptor Rick Casali explains.
Contemporary figurative artist Alan Feltus shares an essay on painting the nude female figure.
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