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.

Drawing heads, hands, and feet often intimidates new artists. In this excerpt from “Figure Drawing Atelier,” Juliette Aristides shares sketches that will help you both simplify the process and inspire you to practice.
From the model’s clothing to the background setting, learn how David Tanner uses various elements to create an engaging narrative painting.
Contemporary realist painter O’Neil Scott was born in Jamaica and currently works in Pennsylvania. He took the time to share with us his path to oil painting, his challenges and techniques, and how he uses art to “leave the world a little better place.”
Be inspired when you read about David Shevlino’s evolution in painting the figure.
From Sadie Valeri: “As an artist, and especially as a woman artist, creating a self-portrait is the most powerful thing you can do for your personal artistic development, your career, and your place in history.”
“If you paint a human figure in the right way, you can paint anything,” says Nikolai Blokhin.
“The paintings I strive to create are about more than the atrocities they witnessed and were subjected to. These paintings aim to celebrate the fashion designer, the wife, mother, father, grandfather, tailor . . . stories of overcoming their past despite the odds against them.”
In this four-minute video, artist Joshua LaRock shares some of his advice for drawing portraits with a model.
Congratulations to Gregory Mortenson, whose figurative painting recently won Best of Show in the Art Renewal Center Salon.
Using pencil, ink, charcoal, or crayon on paper, Assael could easily draw any sitter into classicized perfection, but he has more interesting plans.
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