January 2021 // The Beauty Edition

5 Tips for Creating Fine Art Portraits | Barbara MacFerrin

2. LOOK AT OLD MASTER PORTRAIT PAINTINGS FOR INSPIRATION

It can be difficult to know where to start, especially if you’re new at this. Observe the colors used, the lighting, the posing and their expressions. What emotion do you think the subject is feeling? Use these observations as a springboard and with practice, all the elements will start to unfold much more easily for you. When I’m in a creative slump, I look to old paintings for ideas and before long, the creative juices start flowing again.

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