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Mastering figurative art is no small feat, particularly when it comes to portrait art. Rendering the human form, in any medium, requires careful attention to proportions, scale, and familiarity with anatomy. Here we delve into must-know information on figure painting and portraiture, from how to draw people and how to draw portraits to moving beyond a sense of likeness to capture a figure’s essence.

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All you veterans out there, thank you for your service! In honor of you on this #VeteransDay, we're revisiting this story about former President George W. Bush's portrait paintings of veterans.

President George W. Bush's Portrait Paintings of Veterans

All you veterans out there, thank you for your service! In honor of you on this #VeteransDay, we're revisiting this story about former President George W. Bush's portrait paintings of veterans.

Ella (watercolor on paper, 14×20) by Mario Robinson One of the most meaningful gifts I ever received was from a complete stranger. I’d just gotten done interviewing someone at a live event (remember those?). Afterward, an attendee approached with a portrait she’d drawn of me during my time on stage. It was the coolest experience, especially since her drawing reflected something beautiful I’d never seen in myself before — and this was only after an hour of observing me from afar! Portraits…

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift

Ella (watercolor on paper, 14×20) by Mario Robinson One of the most meaningful gifts I ever received was from a complete stranger. I’d just gotten done interviewing someone at a live event (remember those?). Afterward, an attendee approached with a portrait she’d drawn of me during my time on stage. It was the coolest experience, especially since her drawing reflected something beautiful I’d never seen in myself before — and this was only after an hour of observing me from afar! Portraits…

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift | Artists Network

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift

Ella (watercolor on paper, 14×20) by Mario Robinson One of the most meaningful gifts I ever received was from a complete stranger. I’d just gotten done interviewing someone at a live event (remember those?). Afterward, an attendee approached with a portrait she’d drawn of me during my time on stage. It was the coolest experience, especially since her drawing reflected something beautiful I’d never seen in myself before — and this was only after an hour of observing me from afar! Portraits…

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift | Artists Network

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift

Ella (watercolor on paper, 14×20) by Mario Robinson One of the most meaningful gifts I ever received was from a complete stranger. I’d just gotten done interviewing someone at a live event (remember those?). Afterward, an attendee approached with a portrait she’d drawn of me during my time on stage. It was the coolest experience, especially since her drawing reflected something beautiful I’d never seen in myself before — and this was only after an hour of observing me from afar! Portraits…

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift | Artists Network

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift

Ella (watercolor on paper, 14×20) by Mario Robinson One of the most meaningful gifts I ever received was from a complete stranger. I’d just gotten done interviewing someone at a live event (remember those?). Afterward, an attendee approached with a portrait she’d drawn of me during my time on stage. It was the coolest experience, especially since her drawing reflected something beautiful I’d never seen in myself before — and this was only after an hour of observing me from afar! Portraits…

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift | Artists Network

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift

Ella (watercolor on paper, 14×20) by Mario Robinson One of the most meaningful gifts I ever received was from a complete stranger. I’d just gotten done interviewing someone at a live event (remember those?). Afterward, an attendee approached with a portrait she’d drawn of me during my time on stage. It was the coolest experience, especially since her drawing reflected something beautiful I’d never seen in myself before — and this was only after an hour of observing me from afar! Portraits…

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift | Artists Network

Custom Portraits: The Most Meaningful Gift

Ella (watercolor on paper, 14×20) by Mario Robinson One of the most meaningful gifts I ever received was from a complete stranger. I’d just gotten done interviewing someone at a live event (remember those?). Afterward, an attendee approached with a portrait she’d drawn of me during my time on stage. It was the coolest experience, especially since her drawing reflected something beautiful I’d never seen in myself before — and this was only after an hour of observing me from afar! Portraits…

Bring all of your pet’s endearing, quirky, and unique characteristics to artistic life with this guide to pet portraits.
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A Guide to Pet Portraits

Bring all of your pet’s endearing, quirky, and unique characteristics to artistic life with this guide to pet portraits.

Passion is a matter of ideas for artist Nathaniel Skousen. It is ideas that hold him spellbound and guide his honest, hopeful portrait paintings and drawings. #skousen #nathanielskousen #contemporaryart #realism #drawing #oilpainting #portraitdrawing #portraiture

When Passion Is an Idea | The Art Pursuit of Nathaniel Skousen

Passion, for artist Nathaniel Skousen, is a matter of ideas. It is ideas that hold him spellbound and ideas that guide his honest and hopeful portraits.

From watercolor to pastel, to gold leaf and beyond, artist Susan Lyon's work in mixed media will leave you in awe, inspired and ready for more. Here's why! #artistsnetwork #mixedmedia

Gold Leaf, Glitter and Glam — Oh My! | Mixing Media in Pastel Portraiture

From watercolor to pastel, to gold leaf and beyond, artist Susan Lyon's work in mixed media will leave you in awe, inspired and ready for more. Here's why!

Portrait painting is a time-honored tradition that takes a lifetime to master. In this video workshop, artist Kristy Gordon shares some of the most common issues portrait artists struggle with. You'll learn how to avoid these mistakes, as well as how to correct them if they do appear in your work. Don't just settle for good--with these tips and techniques, you can strive for greatness!  Learn to improve common problem areas, including: Eyes Mouth Hair Clothing Backgrounds

Portraits: From Good to Great Streaming Video

Learn tips for improving your portrait paintings and go from good to great with Kristy Gordon!

Rembrandt's mastery of form, light, and shadow in his timeless portraits is an inspiration to artists to this day. In this video, artist Kristy Gordon breaks down Rembrandt's signature style, using reference photos and detailed demonstrations to teach techniques you can incorporate into your own portrait art. You'll use a limited palette and explore techniques like glazing, scumbling, sfumato, and impasto. Come along with Kristy as she continues the tradition of improving by copying the…

Portrait Painting: Rembrandt's Techniques Streaming Video

Join artist Kristy Gordon as she breaks down Rembrandt's signature style, using reference photos and detailed demonstrations to teach?techniques you can incorporate into your own portrait art.

John Singer Sargent's painterly, colorful style has been inspiring portrait painters for decades. In this video, artist Kristy Gordon breaks down Sargent's signature style, using reference photos and detailed demonstrations to teach techniques you can incorporate into your own portrait art. From painterly brushstrokes to realistic flesh and clothing, the lessons you learn from this video workshop will deepen your knowledge of Sargent's mastery and help you take your portraits to the next…

Portrait Painting: John Singer Sargent's Techniques Streaming Video

Join artist Kristy Gordon as she breaks down John Singer Sargent's signature style and techniques you can incorporate into your own portrait art. Instant access after purchase. This product is streaming only and is not downloadable. It will be accessible from My Purchases located in your Account after purchase.

The No-Phone Selfie | How to Draw Self-Portraits in the Easiest Way Whether new to drawing or just want a fun technique to try, learn how to quickly draw a no-phone selfie, or a simple self-portrait, step-by-step.  #nophone #phonefree #handson #artistsnetwork #myartistsnetwork #selfie

The No-Phone Selfie | How to Draw Self-Portraits in the Easiest Way

Whether new to drawing or just want a fun technique to try, learn how to quickly draw a no-phone selfie, or a simple self-portrait, step-by-step.

Award-winning portrait and figure drawing artist Costa Vavagiakis takes portraiture beyond the basics in this drawing art workshop. Learn how to draw portraits with a thorough examination of anatomical features drawing from a live model. You'll get tips and tricks for capturing realistic facial features through shapes, line, plumb lines and other effective drawing techniques.  #portraitdrawing #portraitart

Drawing a Portrait from Life: Costa Vavagiakis Streaming Video

Take portrait painting beyond the basics with a thorough examination of anatomical features and an in-depth explanation of how to use plumb lines and apex points to lay in shapes . Instant access after purchase. This product is streaming only and is not downloadable. It will be accessible from My Purchases located in your Account after purchase.

Using a live model, art instructor Lea Colie Wight demonstrates how to free yourself from formulaic painting, giving you the tools you need to paint confidently with your colors.  #oilpainting #portraitpainting

Color Essentials: A Painter's Guide with Lea Colie Wight Streaming Video

Improve your portrait painting with these color mixing lessons & oil painting techniques! Instant access after purchase. This product is streaming only and is not downloadable. It will be accessible from My Purchases located in your Account after purchase.