Why Artists Love Portraits and Why People Love Them as Gifts

Since our forefathers painted on walls of caves, people have been painting portraits. It was admired by the Romans, Renaissance painters, and also the Impressionists, despite their fondness for nature, almost no one can resist an intriguing person's figure.

We're (me, you and everyone esle) a pretty interesting subject to draw. Each of us is unique in our own way. Let's look at why drawing faces is so popular among artists worldwide.

It's not by chance that portrait painting is taught at almost every art school, and there are many books, films, and articles on it than you can count. Portrait drawing is a good practice for artist to hone observation, composition skills and to be creative. It can help to improve your overall art abilities over time.

For me personally, I enjoy painting portrait because it allows me to be expressive in my illustration style and explore different art mediums such as digital and watercolor.

A nice portraiture is adored by everybody. We like drawing them, admiring them, interpreting them in our own manner and pondering over how's the person is like in real life. In reality, most great painters have tried painting humans as subjects at some point of their career to demonstrate their style and abilities.

One explanation for this is because we are biologically built to be drawn to and connect with people's faces. Living in tiny, social groups and being able to interpret our other's facial emotions is essential for our survival.

That's why, compared to, example, a basket of fruit or a great building, it's so simple for a human face to express certain emotions. And we all like work that elicits an emotional response.

Other explanation for portraits' appeal is their compositional flexibility. In contrast to themes like architecture and landscapes, it allows for maximum flexibility in the composition, size and position of your subject to some extent.

Here are some reasons on why you should give a portrait as a gift:

  • Consider something new
    "Think Different," a short yet powerful quote from Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple. This adage relates to both the art of giving and the art of making things. Why give somebody you care a common item that can be found in any store when you can offer them something really interesting and unique that will last a lifetime? Gift more than a present, give an emotion! Art is a perfect way to portray a sentiment.

  • Make Their Day a Memorable One
    Don't allow your loved one's special day slip by unnoticed. Give them a present that will brighten their day and make it one they will remember for the rest of their lives. Find a local artist that offers portrait service and transform your favorite photo into a drawing gift. A combination of gifting and memories, makes it one of the greatest gifts you can offer!

  • Last but not least. If you're still not convinced, consider this: you can totally personalise it! It doesn't have to be a typical, uninteresting portrait. There are a multitude of artists on the internet that will allow you to customise the portrait in order to produce a one-of-a-kind and amusing illustration that you can treasure for years to come!

I hope you will love your portrait as much as I enjoy painting them here at By Craft Room! If you are thinking of getting your very own portrait drawing but not sure where to start, check out our FAQ page here.

Why Artists Love Portraits and Why People Love Them as Gifts