Portrait Paintings ā€“ Creative Human Representation

King Hallyday by Suzi Nassif

An artist has to focus on the representation of the human subject in portrait painting. This form of art tries to depict a painted semblance of the subject, and the artist’s ability to express the piece’s emotion and at times mood to the viewers. Portrait paintings are considered to be one of the tools that record history, an artist can prepare a portrait for various renowned people such as actors, public figures, and/ or other individuals who appeal to the imagination of the artist. The known forms of portraits include photographs, sculptures, and portrait paintings. A respectable artist may reap the benefits of his/ her creativity via art processes such as commissioning.

The fact that portrait paintings play an iconic role in the preservation of history, it is fair to assume that the movement can give rise to various careers and passions. Portrait paintings are admired in different fields all over the world such as in the field of interior design, art collections, historic artefacts and teaching among others. Art enhances creativity, which is the ability and talent to use our imagination to create and solve tasks, therefore, it is appreciated in various fields.

Different forms of portrait paintings encompass different specifications that an art lover can enjoy such as: –

  1. Full Length- An artist can create a portrait painting that encompasses the entire body of the subject. This type is extremely rare in the modern era but was popular in classical art. An artist is also advised to use acrylic paints for acrylic painting ensures the piece’s durability. The pose of the subject is very important here.
  •  Half-length- Depending on the intent, the piece might be from the waist up or down. The subject may be seated or standing depending on the artist’s preference. This presents the subject in a different level of focus. The pose as well as the facial expressions are important in such a piece of art.
  • Bust View- This focuses on the head and neck of the subject. This eliminates the scope of a significant background in such portraits and all the focus shifts to the face of the subject. The artist can also afford to focus on the express features of the subject.
  • Tronie – This portrait depicts normal and natural human expressions and instincts on the subject’s face. Since this form accentuates the personality and emotions to a higher degree it is not common now and artists do not create such intense portraits.

Over the years, different factors have influenced the development of portrait painting, such as technology. The impact of technology in the art world has brought about the creation of Digital Painting. It might not be the only factor that affects the movement but it may be the major factor that reduces the demand for portrait paintings in oil. 

With the aid of the above explanation, it should be clear on how important portrait paintings are not only to the art world but also to the world, we do hope that you learn to appreciate the movement as much as we have.

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