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Painting from Photographs - Nancy Tankersley - RealismToday.com
In this full-length article, Nancy Tankersley explains the pros and cons of painting from photos. Bonus: Includes reference photos and the finished paintings.
Contemporary portraits
Learn about a self-taught realist painter whose recent autobiographical portraits use symbolism and highly detailed compositions to explore her struggle with social anxiety.
Figure drawing in blue
“Shades of Blue” is revival of a drawing show, titled (appropriately enough) “Blue Drawings” which was first exhibited at Portraits, Inc. in June 2015 at their New York City gallery. Curated by Michael Gormley and Patricia Watwood, the show is presented by Equity Gallery, Portraits, Inc. and RayMar Art. From the organizers: As do many exhibitions, the collective theme arose from...
Skin tones in figurative art
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.
Agnes Grochulska graphite portrait drawing - RealismToday.com
If you sketch often and don't feel too precious about the outcome, you can allow yourself to stop at whatever moment you like the drawing best, no matter the level of completion.
Sara Scribner, "Night Bloom," Oil on aluminum panel, 12x14, 2020
Figurative realists Sara and Shane Scribner share their inspiration: Sara, for her "Nightfall" series of paintings of women who have found a place of calm and introspection within the looming nightfall; and Shane, for his paintings highlighting light and contrast.
Art appreciation - still life painting
"Standing before a painting can become more like stepping outside and looking up at the sky at night," says Paul Rosiak, "as your eyes slowly acclimate, a world emerges."
Figurative art - Realistic drawing of hands
This Dutch artist’s time-intensive process requires extraordinary patience, focus, and accuracy: "For me, this is an exciting way of working where destruction creates new life and beauty.”
Contemporary realism still life painting - Matthew Bird - RealismToday.com
See how a painting that includes leaves, crystal, and some unexpected challenges comes to fruition, step by step.
Charcoal portrait drawing
Skipping the growth opportunity that drawing provides prevents us from taking the most direct path to becoming a good painter; and drawing is simple, if you're not full of ...
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