A group for people who draw or paint portraits.  Ask questions and share your favorite tips and techniques. 

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This is the place to share your portrait art and discuss all aspects of making portraits.


If you would like to share your portrait art, you can either post in the Show & Tell thread or start your own discussion by clicking the big blue "Add a Discussion" button at the bottom of the Discussion Forum section of this page.. You will likely get more views and replies if you start your own discussion.

If you would like a critique or want some advice on a specific work-in-progress, you can start your own discussion by clicking here:

If you would like to share progress shots of your portrait art in its various stages, that's great too! Tutorials are welcome!

If you upload your art for critique or Show & Tell, please also tell us about the art: for instance, tell us the size, medium, what the piece means to you, etc. If you want a critique please also tell us what areas of the artwork you are unsure about and what you were trying to achieve (realism? expressionism? etc).

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Just two simple rules:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to portraits and all aspects of making a portrait.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!

Discussion Forum

La Priere after Bouguereau

Started by Mike Fone. Last reply by Frank Savage Jul 21. 3 Replies

This is a copy from the French artist Bouguereau. You can find the original painting on the Art Renewal site. I find the lighting especially fascinating here. You may notice just how important tonal values and turns are in this painting. Dare I say…READ MORE

Country Sunshine

Started by Beverly Burrows. Last reply by Beverly Burrows Jul 18. 3 Replies


The Indian Man

Started by Mike Fone. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jul 18. 6 Replies

Oils on 12 x 16 inch canvasI asked my neighbours son if I could take his photo for a painting. He said yes.So, zoom in, snap snap and away. I set too with the brush and soon there it was. Some days it just happens. I haven't got it figured yet and…READ MORE

Acrylic Painting- Madiba

Started by Carmelita Cornelius. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jul 18. 3 Replies

I am still busy working on this. I am not a good painter and am kind of stuck because I don't know how else to give this flat painting some form. I know I should add tone and detail, but I have not established enough technique to execute the…READ MORE

The Rug Maker

Started by Mike Fone. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jul 18. 1 Reply

Oils on 20 x 20 inch canvas.What lifts a painting and in this case a portrait out of the many. I see a lot of paintings with great technique and a good likeness, but am not moved by the experience of looking. It raises the question of what we expect…READ MORE

Is it possible? using 3 reference photos of my Mom, and Creating 1 portrait ??

Started by Shar Brecht. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jul 18. 5 Replies

i know I am taking on a big challenge for myself.But  I think it is possible,,What do You, think??Hi to everyone, Ok, here is what I have had in my head that I am now attempting to produce.I have 3 photos of my Mother before she passed away, each…READ MORE

Self Portrait

Started by Mike Fone. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jul 18. 9 Replies

Oils on 20 x 20 inch canvas. No need for flattery with a self portrait. I held the camera at arms length and stood directly under the electric light.…READ MORE

Cara Delevingne

Started by Ilmari Teekkinen. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jul 18. 1 Reply

Speedpaint in ten hours, based on Cara Delevingne photographs. With XAN on iPad.READ MORE

My First Portrait Experiment.

Started by Katherine May Yates. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jul 18. 11 Replies

This is the  first time I've tried a realistic (as realistic as I could at least) human face. I used a photograph of a friend for reference, and a full face seemed a bit daunting so I opted for a profile view, also because she has magnificent bone…READ MORE

Skin tones in oils

Started by Merrie Kapron. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Jul 18. 8 Replies

This is my second portrait in oils. Skin tones are a challenge and I am open to comments/suggestions.…READ MORE

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Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday

Oil on canvas. This was a kind of experiment painting.  I like parts of it, but some of it just does not work very well. It is a large painting done in oil on canvas.  My favorite parts are the small paintings in windows and the use of thickness and color.

Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday

Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday

Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday

Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday

Mong Tribal lady.  This was a good learning portrait.  It is oil on canvas. 32" by 24"

Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday

Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday

Same size, Karen tribal guy.  He is a classic looking Karen man with that classic pipe they like to smoke. Oil on canvas

Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday

Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday

Here is another oil painting. 40cm by 40 cm.  He is guy that lives up in the hills not far from where we live.

Comment by Kennedy Paizs yesterday


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