Should you embark on a career as a portrait artist?

Creating the likeness of people onto a piece of paper is an art form like no other. The portrait painter needs an eye for details and a set of tools that can help capture an intimate and personal image of a person's face.

You could use paint, pastels or almost any other sort of medium to get it done, but if you can produce art that looks like the person you are painting you may be set for a career as a portrait artist. The most famous portrait in the world today is the Mona Lisa and its painter, Leonardo Da Vinci, was commissioned by a wealthy man to make the painting using based on the likeness of his wife. Similarly, portrait artists today get paid by either wealthy individuals or celebrities.

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