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 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.
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.
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