Depiction Forms

  • Abstraction and Fantasy

    Abstract Art

    Abstract expression - depicting something not having a physical or concrete existence. 

    Origins of Visual Abstraction

    • Calligraphy: Chinese and Islamic.
    • Far East painting schools: Wang Mo (王墨) (splashed-ink);
    • Chan-buddhist painting, Liang Kai (梁楷), Zen art (e.g. enso), Dajian Huineng (大鑒惠能), Sesshu Toyo;
    • Tiantai buddhism: Yu Jian (mid-13th century),
    • Daoist painting: Zhu Derun


    Invention, imagination - images or its elements formed in the mind.

  • Flora and Fauna

    Flora, vegetation is plantsconsidered collectively, especially those found in a particular area or habitat, an assemblage of plant species and the ground cover they provide, or any botanical characteristics of the environment - forests, trees, bushes, flowers, etc.

    Fauna, animal life: representation of animalsand other living beings, that usually have the capacity for spontaneous movement, and differ from plants and from people.

  • Landscape and Space

    Landscapes represent views of natural scenery, countryside, sometimes with focus on man-made features: urban landscape, artistic representations of cities or urban areas - cityscape.

    Waterscape is a representation of a body of waterin pictures, or any image in which an expanse of water is a dominant feature, as in a riverscape (river scene art) or a seascape (marine art).

    Skyscapes are representations of the sky, usually with outlined terrestrial objects, but also without any view of land; some phenomena might be included: clouds, precipitation, rainbows, leaves, birds, insects and other flying objects, manmade aircraft, kites, and balloons.

  • Portrait and Figure

    Representation of faces and figures of human beings in my artwork is usually motivated by the expressiveness of the emotion or beauty.

    My fine art portraiture and figure drawings and paintings are primarily based on figurative drawings of nude and dressed life models and real people. I rarely use photographs. Sometimes, I analyze my own photographs taken from different angles and in different lighting for a while, to commit the general feel of the personality to my mind, and work from there. 

    Photographic environmental portraits and videographic depiction of persons are more meaningful to me than most other real life depictions.

    Portraits - artistically represented persons, depiction of persons or groups, figurative art (figures and silhouettes) - realistic or at higher levels of abstraction - that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject.

    The focus is usually the face, but the entire body and the background or context may be included, especially in environmental portraits.

    By one of the definitions, portrait painting is a figure painting that focuses on the creation of a likeness of a particular individual or group.

    A figure painting is a work of fine art in any of the painting media with the primary subject being the human figure, whether clothed or nude.

    In figure drawing only dry media is used, it may be a composed work of art or a figure study done in preparation for a more finished work such as a painting.

    A lifedrawing or painting is a rendering artistic representation of the human figure from observation of a live model.

    The degree of representation may range from highly detailed, anatomically correct renderings to loose and expressive sketches.


  • Still Life and Artifact

    Still life pictures, objects, artifacts, constructions, nature morte/naˈtʃʊə ˈmɔːt/ - all still and artificial life inspired artworks.

    Natures mortes depict various inanimate objects with some level of abstraction.

    Artifacts are objects made by human beings: handmade and mass-producedthings and tools.