Figures & Portraits

Discover the breathtaking techniques and drawing and painting essentials that will make your artwork stand out from the crowd!

Inspiration from the Figure Masters: Figurative Artists

By Paul Heaston
Figurative ArtistsDrawing and painting the human figure has a long and storied tradition, dating from when we first painted on cave walls to the present day. It’s the bread and butter of any representational artist who wants to develop his or her skill set and it’s also an end unto itself. We’ve already seen some tips on figure drawing. Now let’s take a look at some of the great Masters’ figurative art for inspiration. Read more »

Introducing Online Fine Art Classes from Craftsy

By Craftsy
Online Fine Art ClassesAs a valued Craftsy blog reader, we wanted you to know about something we’ve been excitedly developing behind the scenes for months. After many hours working with talented art instructors from around the world, we're thrilled to debut our first six Fine Art classes on the platform you love. Read more »

Human Eye Drawings from the Masters

By Paul Heaston
Human Eye DrawingWhen it comes to drawing the human eye, there are few better resources than the works of the great masters. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, feast your eyes (pun intended) on these amazing eye drawings. Read more »

Oil in the Family: The Great Oil Portrait Painters

By Paul Heaston
Once oil painting began to gain popularity in the early Renaissance, the oil painted portrait took off, too, and is still going strong. Let's get face to face some of the masters of oil portrait painting. These guys (and gals) are good! Read more »

The Eyes Have It: Tips for Drawing Realistic Eyes

By Paul Heaston
Drawing Realistic EyesThe eye is probably the most challenging facial feature to draw for a variety of reasons. The most important thing to remember about drawing realistic eyes is to draw what you see, not what you know. Every person’s eye is different and no visual formula, even if it’s more sophisticated than the one above, can substitute for the real thing. That said, there are a few things you’ll notice most eyes have in common. Read more »

Now Featuring: How to Draw Facial Features

By Paul Heaston
Drawing Facial FeaturesWe’ve already talked about the basics of drawing a head. But the facial features are what makes a head unique and give it character. Facial features are the cues we use to recognize the people we know, and the way we remember new faces, so they are extremely important to any effective portrait. Here are some simple tips everyone should know about drawing those facial features just right. Read more »

Figure Drawing Tips

By Paul Heaston
Figure DrawingFigure drawing offers the chance to sharpen your observational acuity and hone your skills in a variety of media, all while working from a real live person. You can explore line, value, space and anatomy, all in one session. Learning how to draw accurately in a short period of time is an important skill for any observational artist because it opens up a world of sketching opportunities. Read more »