John Singer Sargent was a famous portrait painter in the early 20 century. You can read about his biblography at Wikipedia. This post is mostly about me telling how awesome his sketches and oil paintings are.
I first encountered Sargent's work in an illustration textbook. His early paintings of girls in exotic costumes (seen above), with the knowledge that he always drew from life and never used photograph, were impressive feats.
Sargent's guide on how to paint, compiled by others, has been a great influence on how I draw. It is for this reason I write about him in this post.