Historical Approaches for Contemporary Portrait Practice

After years of studying first-person sources, manuscripts, and practicing as an artist, Matthew James Collins discovered a thread connecting different eras of time. Learn what the common theme is in this article on painting life-size portraiture.

Ambassador of the Week: Vicki Sullivan

Meet Vicki Sullivan, an Australian contemporary realist painter and this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador!

Juliette Aristides: Seeing Beauty in Everyday Life

The idea of seeing — truly seeing — is where Aristides wants her students to start, eventually finding their way to the creation of beauty, which she considers a “portal to meaning.”

Classical Art: A Realist Who Thinks Ahead

Jacob Collins desires nothing less than to revive a classical art culture in our time. See why he’s “going back to find the larger organizational principles of art.”

Ambassador of the Week: Tiffany Dae

Meet Tiffany Dae, this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador! Dae is an imaginative realist painter born in Hawaii to migrant parents from Cuba and India.

Step-by-Step Portrait Drawing: The Power of Line and Light

One line, narrowing from thick to thin, can control the weight, movement, and emotion within a composition. See how in this step-by-step portrait drawing demonstration from Jeremy Caniglia.

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