One of the main reasons I make drawing tutorials and painting demonstrations now is that students can focus on studying one drawing concept at a time. Step-by-step tutorials allow artists to see how to draw or paint a single subject from start to finish. Every step-by-step demonstration includes the art supplies list and images to complete the exercise.
The demonstration comes as a digital pdf file that you can save to your computer to work from at any time! A few demonstrations have a video component that’s available for download separately.
I hope my demonstrations help you create better art. Feel free to share your progress on my Facebook business page!
Have fun drawing, guys!
“A committed artist, author, and teacher, Veronica Winters’s illuminated artwork and attention to detail pushes her to create realistic images that breath life into everyday objects. We are honored to present lessons by Veronica in the quarterly publication of COLORED PENCIL Student” — Sally Ford, Founder & Editor, COLORED PENCIL Magazine
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I arrived at the theme of painting women after over a decade of painting almost everything. While the subject of a beautiful female form has been the artists’ inspiration for centuries, I come to paint women from a different point of view. As a female artist I can express the inner workings of the feminine soul captured in a model’s gaze, light and color scheme. I refuse to create shocking art to challenge the societal norms in this fashion, rather I wish to bring the gentle warmth into my oil paintings still challenging the viewer’s perseption, and inspiring women to enjoy life.
I love painting portraits! Although I see human anatomy as the most challenging to master, I’m strongly pulled to this subject to depict the beautiful complexity of a human spirit. I paint from real people who hurt, suffer, love, betray, care and ultimately encourage me to become a better person. I’m drawn to faces with enigmatic eyes: I believe in capturing the soul’s essence through my art.
I love color, and I feel I’m finally getting closer to understanding how color mixing works in oil painting. I have more control over my process and I’m able to create color harmonies that resonate within me and help me describe a special atmosphere in my art.
I always wanted to paint something meaningful, something worth people’s attention that stands on its own and doesn’t need the art establishment’s validation. I feel that I’m finally at this break-even point where I’m ok technically in the realm of realistic oil painting, and I can express my thoughts in a more consistent way. I’ve painted numerous different things to become proficient enough to pursue what I always wanted – helping women succeed.
I find the theme of the iconic women fascinating not only because of the female beauty, but also because of their inner strength. I’ve chosen to paint strong iconic women with courage, logic, determination, goal-setting, learning from failure and other character traits that are often attributed to men. Yes, many iconic women used their sex appeal to reach their goals, but there was a lot more to their nature that helped these women receive this remarkable level of independence, importance and success. Who were those personalities? Were they talented, beautiful, lucky business women, or average girls who became the self-made overachievers because of their traumatic upbringing? Were those famous women the entrepreneurs who knew themselves, wanted to take charge and to leave legacy, or were they just females who figured out how to use their sexual powers to rise above so many others? Whatever the case maybe, these women overcame their social-economic limitations to become famous personalities who lived with purpose and changed the world around them.
In my surreal paintings of women I explore the inner life of these icons. What they created and exposed to the outside world wasn’t always the reflection of their interior life. I make an attempt to humanize them by painting their emotions and challenges: love, failure, addiction, responsibilities and dreams. So we can see the spectrum of character and understand that those iconic women throughout history were also guided by their emotions as much as by their reason, and were as complex personalities as any of us.
Exploring the vulnerability of the feminine spirit, I take the liberty to interpret the days of their lives based on their biographies processed through my view of the world, observations and artistic sensitivity. Making a loose record of women in art, I explore the themes of love and delusion, power and powerlessness, spirituality and vanity, abandonment and strength. I aim to give the iconic women new life where contemporary women can identify or recognize a part of themselves, and connect with a famous woman on a much deeper level.
Contemporary art is a visual love affair. Peeling off the pages of idealized photographs, my paintings of beautiful women are recreations of the iconic personalities, not plain copies made from available pictures circulating online. It’s often hard to “assign” a style to my portraits of women that floats between the surreal paintings and magical realism painting. It happens because the process involves reading, complex studio set ups, shopping for props, and some magic dust happening during the oil painting process of reality that turns surreal. It’s like writing a fiction novel with the main characters derived from the author’s personal experiences and observations.
My artistic mission is to inspire women to find their calling in life. I believe girls could find their unique voices before they even graduate from high school. With this work I want to open up a dialogue, to create a visual experience of seeing the female icons in a different light, where women could find answers to their questions, to be able to apply themselves, to define their dreams and to work on their future with certainty. In other words, through my oil paintings I invite others to find their female role model to achieve personal fulfillment.
While it all may sound like a cliché, it’s personal for me. If I had the opportunities, moral support, and a professional artist/mentor back in high school, my life could have been very different from what I had. While I have no regrets, I simply know how crucial these years are for personal development, choosing the right path to achieve success in the future, to cut on years spent wondering around the bush, trying to listen to the hidden voice within, and internally fighting with yourself. Therefore I choose to paint women who made history, real women who overcame their struggles to achieve success in life standing on their own, who didn’t come up with excuses not to accomplish their dreams and goals, who actually had the goals…
In the following months I’d be sharing new oil paintings of women and my thoughts behind each piece. I’m inviting you to subscribe to my monthly e-mail notes where I share my artwork with thoughtful people: www.veronicasart.com or click here for a direct sign up: http://eepurl.com/b-vEXP
I love to draw in colored pencil! In the following galleries you’ll see some of my pencil drawings that are inspired by people and their personalities. In my surreal colored pencil portraits I enjoy capturing the character of each person by adding landscapes or symbols to my work. Each pencil drawing revolves around an idea with a specific color scheme.
As Russian-American artist, I combine different influences in the creation of my surreal paintings of women. While my colored pencil drawings serve the purpose of studying the light and testing out the ideas visually, my original oil paintings become a permanent statement of emotions and thoughts. I work on symbolism and color harmony to create wall art that uplifts and inspires through the visual experience of a female form. I focus on painting women and the female role models to open up an honest conversation with ourselves and each other. I wish to inspire women to discover, pursue, and enjoy their calling in life, by breaking through the self-limiting beliefs that often hold us back. Personally, I broke through many physical and mental obstacles as an artist, where passion and determination kept me going. I feel like I have a lot to say today, and my fervor for justice, honesty and integrity will be manifesting itself in my artwork through my paintings of the iconic women and beyond. My oil paintings’re becoming a commentary what it feels like to be a woman today.
To read more about my work, visit my Paintings of Iconic Women gallery. I’d be sharing new oil paintings of women and my thoughts behind each piece. I’m inviting you to subscribe to my monthly e-mail notes where I share my artwork with thoughtful people.
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