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.

The skill of good observation, the ability to convey the three-dimensionality of form convincingly, and the cultivation of edge, color and value sensitivity—all stem from an understanding of the nature of the underlying structure.
"My life feels like a visual treasure hunt.." Contemporary painter Nancy Boren shares her inspiration and process for painting “Fairy Dust on the Breeze.”
Eric Drummond uses thickness and thinness of paint to translate form, compression of values to express light, and the experience of interacting with his subjects in person to express moments between human beings. Here, he shares how the experience of Covid influenced his work.
Learn about a self-taught realist painter whose recent autobiographical portraits use symbolism and highly detailed compositions to explore her struggle with social anxiety.
An essay by Ghanaian-born painter Samuel Adoquei on historical artists and timeless beauty, the difference between skin tones and flesh tones, and ways to capture beautiful skin tones in figurative art.
Congratulations to Johannes Wessmark, whose hyperrealism paintings have been recognized in the monthly Plein Air Salon.
Conor Walton discusses three of his narrative paintings. He says, "All my paintings are attempted answers to the three questions in the title of Gauguin’s famous painting: ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’"
Inspired by 19th century art, this artist loves to create representational paintings that include traditional symbols.
Drawing in ballpoint pen is the same as working with watercolors. See how in this step-by-step portrait drawing demonstration.
Charcoal is a drawing medium that allows you to, in essence, deal with the extremes of creation, of a most ancient and elemental contrast.

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