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Welcome to the Portrait Artist Forum.

(1) If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ.

(2) We are a Forum only for those who are serious about portrait painting as a career . Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to help in training those who have not achieved a minimum level of skill, thus the approval process for full Forum privileges.

(3) For full Forum access, including posting privileges, you will need to complete a two-step registration (click to start registration process).

The first step consists of filling out a short form. In the second step, we ask you to send 2 examples of portraiture where WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND, BUT DO NOT REQUIRE, THAT AT LEAST ONE BE PAINTED FROM LIFE and the other, if not done from life, must be from your own source material. Please understand that we highly encourage learning to paint from life as an important part of the learning process. Also include a little professional info about yourself. These samples are submitted to the Board for approval and you should hear back by email in approximately one week though it could be longer if Board members are traveling.

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INTRODUCTION - Moderator: Cynthia Daniel
Support the Forum thru a recurring or non-recurring donation. Learn further details about making a donation and how the Forum has helped other members.
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ALL MEMBERS PLEASE READ THIS SECTION! After you've read it, when the red light is on in the future, please check what has been newly added.
06-14-2008 07:39 AM Go to last post
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Learn about using this forum and some of its unique features such as private messaging, subscribing to a topic, saving posts in your own folders and more.
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NEWS! - Moderator: Cynthia Daniel
When the red light is on, please check for updates regarding new or changes in the Forum or general portrait news of interest.
by SB Wang
03-20-2023 10:42 PM Go to last post
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Member News (1 Viewing)
Announcements regarding members, either posted by the member or someone else posting about a member.
by SB Wang
12-25-2022 10:31 PM Go to last post
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News items of interest to anyone in the portrait world but not related to this Forum or the SOG main site.
by SB Wang
05-23-2022 02:25 PM Go to last post
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The purpose of a moderator is to keep topics on track, to help members who have difficulty posting and to ensure the posting rules are followed.
02-13-2012 02:38 AM Go to last post
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Feel free to enter a bio of any size and a photo of youself in your studio or a sample portrait.
12-21-2018 09:51 PM Go to last post
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Talk about your convictions and philosophy of art, whether teeth should show or not, painting from photos, something uplifting or even a a friendly debate.
10-11-2021 10:11 PM Go to last post
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DEMONSTRATIONS - Moderator: Cynthia Daniel
06-29-2008 07:23 PM Go to last post
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CREATING THE PORTRAIT - Moderators: Chris Saper
Questions to ask or information to share about best oil paints, pastels, pencils, canvas or paper, types of brushes, etc.?
03-05-2018 02:54 PM Go to last post
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Not sure how to paint checks? Want to know about glazing. Post your questions here, or if you're an expert, share your knowledge.
07-18-2019 03:55 PM Go to last post
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Composition (1 Viewing)
Do you use the Golden Mean? Are backgrounds your downfall. Not sure if a composition you're considering is good?
by SB Wang
02-27-2020 12:47 PM Go to last post
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by SB Wang
02-27-2020 12:52 PM Go to last post
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Find questions and answers here regarding your concerns.
03-25-2012 11:11 AM Go to last post
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Painters' Palettes (1 Viewing)
Do you have the inside scoop on the palette of some well-known painter? Or are you a member who has had many requests for your palette? Post it here so others can learn.
by SB Wang
02-27-2020 12:59 PM Go to last post
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Framing the Portrait (1 Viewing)
Post questions and information here related to framing of portraits.
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by SB Wang
03-04-2020 12:13 AM Go to last post
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THE STUDIO - Moderator: Mari DeRuntz
General discussions related to the studio setup and equipment used both on and off site, excluding specific photo equipment & photography discussions.
03-24-2016 02:48 PM Go to last post
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Would you love to see how others have set up their studios or want to show off yours?
10-11-2009 05:18 PM Go to last post
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PORTRAITS FROM LIFE - Moderator: Michael Georges
Technical, instructional and practical info on portraits painted from the live model, not utilizing photography as the reference source. Post your philosophical positions in the Caf
by SB Wang
10-20-2021 06:06 PM Go to last post
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In painting from life, how do you determine the pose? Your vantage point? How do you choose to light the model? Both technical and practical information welcome.
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How do you achieve likeness and proportion? Sight-size? Relative-size?
by SB Wang
02-27-2020 02:53 PM Go to last post
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Share ideas, tips, and the practicalities of setting up your studio. What considerations are particular to the live sitting?
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NO NUDES. NOT FOR CRITIQUE. Post your finished portraits from life here. If you
05-14-2017 05:00 PM Go to last post
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NO NUDES, CRITIQUES WELCOME. Post your portraits started and finished in a single session, usually about 3 hours. Open studio work generally differs from more finished paintings that may involve many sittings and hours.
05-14-2017 05:02 PM Go to last post
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PHOTOGRAPHY AS A TOOL - Moderator: Mike McCarty
If your photography question or comment doesn't fit into one of the sections below, then please post here.
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Anything to do with non-digital cameras and other photographic equipment. Post questions and info regarding digital cameras, photographing your subject or painting in appropriate section below.
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Post your questions or experiences with your digital camera here.
09-03-2013 10:06 PM Go to last post
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This is a moderated section. This means your post will not appear immediately and must be first reviewed and approved by the moderator.
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Have a photo as reference material for a portrait, but you're not sure if it's a good choice or what challenges might lie ahead. Post it here for commentary from other members.
12-17-2013 11:39 AM Go to last post
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Information about creating good source photos from which to paint or about simply lighting your subject if you paint from life.
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02-11-2013 11:49 AM Go to last post
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Be cautioned that comments could come from beginners or pros. NO ANIMAL PORTRAITS. POST NUDES IN APPROPRIATE SECTION...and please don't post your whole portfolio since there are a limited number of qualified members to
Use the word "critique" as password. This is to keep out search engines.
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Oil Critiques (1 Viewing)
Post your oil portrait here for a critique from others! Please see second post in this section on how to attach an image.
by SB Wang
02-27-2020 09:37 AM Go to last post
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Post your pastel portrait here for a critique from others! Please see second post in this section on how to attach an image.
12-29-2013 06:19 PM Go to last post
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Post your portrait drawing here for a critique from others! Please see second post in this section on how to attach an image.
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Post your portrait in other mediums here for a critique from others! Please see second post in this section on how to attach an image.
by SB Wang
02-27-2020 09:15 AM Go to last post
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When posting your art, please also include the painting that you copied. Please see second post in this section on how to attach an image.
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As always, our major focus is on pure portraiture. However, there are some excellent members who do figurative work and like to share this from time to time. NUDES should only be posted in the appropriate NUDES section.
by SB Wang
02-27-2020 09:20 AM Go to last post
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Tasteful, classic nudes nudes only. No photo references.
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If you're in the middle of a painting and having trouble, please post here.
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Animal Critiques (1 Viewing)
We are no longer accepting critiques for animal-only portraits, however, for those interested, you can still read posts from the past.
10-23-2002 06:39 PM Go to last post
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Completed portraits only. NO NUDES and NO CRITIQUES here.
05-25-2017 12:15 PM Go to last post
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Some works are clearly figurative and not portraiture. Please post these here. NO NUDES and NO CRITIQUES.
02-08-2018 10:27 AM Go to last post
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Before release to public view, work will be reviewed for relevance to the Forum's educational mission. Only classically inspired, completed works of art as opposed to works done in open studios or quick studies. NO CRITIQUES and no photo references.
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Portraits created through Wendy McArthur's 9/11 Portrait Project can be posted here. All 9/11 portraits not part of this official project should go in Unveilings. ONLY FOR COMPLETED PAINTINGS.
07-18-2007 02:27 PM Go to last post
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BUSINESS SIDE OF ART - Moderator: Michele Rushworth
Anything related to the business side of portraiture including contracts, copyright issues, working with the client, marketing, etc. Portrait reps & art marketing consultants would post advice here.
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This is a good place to exchange information about experiences with scanners, printers, software & ask any computer-related question.
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If you have questions on making your own painting video to sell, this is the place. Or, post a request for a video by a particular artist.
02-24-2008 09:32 AM Go to last post
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CLASSIFIEDS - Moderator: Michele Rushworth
Want to sell or buy 2nd hand art products? Or, have a service to offer?
08-13-2014 04:23 PM Go to last post
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01-09-2006 06:20 PM Go to last post
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HISTORICAL - Moderator: Mari DeRuntz
Share your knowledge about conservation and restoration, ask a question or share a resource.
03-21-2012 10:48 AM Go to last post
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Artists of the Past (1 Viewing)
Post discussions, questions & information here about artists of the past including books on them. Who do you think are the top masters?
10-09-2023 06:12 AM Go to last post
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Individual artists and art marketing consultants giving seminars or workshops should post here. Regional and national events given by the portrait societies should go in Portrait Societies - Events & Announcements.
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04-21-2011 08:50 AM Go to last post
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Post any questions or thoughts here about art books or videos. Recommend your favorites or tell us about an article about or by you. See Chris Saper's book announcement here.
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Scholarships, competitions, work opportunities, rewards offered.
03-05-2020 05:20 PM Go to last post
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Know of an excellent school or atelier? Have a question about someone else's experience at a school or workshop? Curious how to prepare for a workshop?
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PORTRAIT SOCIETIES - Moderator: Cynthia Daniel
Check out the list of winners or current SOG finalists & entries at the portrait society competitions.
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Local and national portrait societies should post information here. Please post competiton winners under the category above.
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Want to know the experience of other artists who have attended the portrait society events? or have questions about entering a society competition?
by SB Wang
03-18-2009 03:08 PM Go to last post
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