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.

In this guest blog post, American artist William Nathans, who now lives in Ireland, takes us behind the scenes of his process for painting portraits.
The mortal men and women in Sabin Howard’s World War I memorial are convincingly alive. Learn more about the 65-foot-long bronze relief here.
Why acrylic is the medium of choice for this artist, despite the tradition of oil.
With dogged determination and a clear path, we can bring the pursuit of mastery into reality in the tradition of the Old Masters.
“The point is to connect the human story, as represented by a model, with the spirit of Nature.” Watercolor artist Jeff Mathison explains why he paints the figure en plein air.
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.”
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.
Enjoy a visual recap of the Figurative Art Convention & Expo, including portrait painting demonstrations and figurative art presentations, featuring Dan Thompson, Teresa Oaxaca, Casey Baugh, Daniel Greene and Wende Caporale, and so many more of your favorite artists working today.
“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.
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