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.

Vincent Giarrano finds that painting people around NYC is "endlessly inspiring." Discover some of his muses here.
William Schneider reflects on painting an art model for a portrait that was awarded “Best Painting by a Signature or Master Member” in ...
Realism Today Ambassador Jessica Oliveras takes us through the steps of her portrait painting, "Selfhood."
"When we fail to seek new perspectives, stagnation creeps in." Through realistic graphite and charcoal drawings, Neville Barbour honors people such as the Fon amazons, the Tchamba veneration, and contemporaries alike.
Discover which contemporary realism artist was selected to paint a portrait of Representative Patsy Mink. "To create her portrait, I first ... "
"A complicating aspect of realist painting is that there is much that one does not or cannot know or see, yet which is immensely, obsessively interesting—and which is ultimately the whole point of painting."
In a good painting, love shines through like a star on a cold night. Unfortunately not everyone can see it, and therein lies the paradox.
“It is a wonderful medium, as vibrant as it is immediate in its realization.” Read more about the inspirational pastel painting ...
What makes a portrait so appealing that one would buy a painting of someone they don’t know?
"My goal in this painting was to pull the subject's shadowed face out of the darkness, allowing only the light areas to contain detail while handling the dark of his clothing and chair with a gestural, even calligraphic brushwork."

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