How to Create a Neopoprealist Art Work

NeoPopRealism is a style of art that aims to combine the simplicity of modern pop art with the philosophical depth of realism. This style of art does have its “rules,” but it is largely focused on creating artwork that is unique to the individual. To create a NeoPopRealism art work, learn about the style, practice it, and then work on a simple project until you are ready to create work that stems purely from your own imagination.

Part 1 

Learning about NeoPopRealism


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    Research how NeoPopRealism started. Started by Nadia Russ in 1989, this art style is not interested in copying real-life objects, the human body, or the ideas of others. It focuses on breaking through limitations and opening your mind in order to create artworks that are unique. You can do extensive research on this art form by looking for books on NeoPopRealism and taking classes that involve it in the curriculum.[1]
    • Along with being an art style, it can be meditative and a great way to relieve aggression due to its repetitive patterns.
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    Learn the 10 canons of NeoPopRealism. NeoPopRealism is a style of art, but it is also a philosophy. The philosophy of this form is important because it influences how the art is created and what it looks like. Created by Russ, the 10 canons are:[2]
    • Be beautiful.
    • Be creative and productive. Never stop studying and learning.
    • Be peaceful, loving, and positive-minded.
    • Do not accept communistic philosophy.
    • Be free-minded. Do the best you can to move the world towards peace and harmony.
    • Be family oriented and self-disciplined.
    • Believe in God. God is one.
    • Be supportive to those who need you. Be generous.
    • Create your life as a great adventure story.
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    Look up NeoPopRealism works by artists. It’s important to learn about the style, but it’s also important to see what the style looks like. You can do an online search for NeoPopRealism. You can also look directly on Nadia Russ’s website for examples.[3]
    • Nadia Russ also has a YouTube channel where she draws an example of her style.
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    Familiarize yourself with the basic techniques. Because NeoPopRealism is supposed stem from a deep place within your imagination, you are not supposed to think a lot about what you’re drawing. Essentially, take a pencil and begin to doodle. Many of the drawings have a basic outline, a lot of simple lines, and repeated patterns.[4]

Part 2
Practicing NeoPopRealism

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    Doodle on a piece of paper. You don’t have to feel very familiar with the style to begin practicing. Take out a blank piece of paper and a pencil. Begin to doodle. Don’t think about what you’re doodling. Right now, the goal is to open up your mind and forget restrictions. It’s not important if your doodle resembles other NeoPopRealist works for now.[5]
    • If you do want some guidelines, try to draw basic patterns—like a lot of small circles and lines on the page inside of a square.
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    Create a sketch after you’ve doodled for a while. Once you’ve created several doodles, create a sketch. Basically, you should use the lines to create the shape and sections. Then, fill the sections with different patterns and ornaments. If you can’t think of what to draw, draw a line that resembles the profile of a face. Then, draw the basic features of that face with loose lines and shapes.[6]
    • The profile of a face is an example, but you can draw whatever you want.
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    Use a pen to draw your sketch. Nadia Russ recommends using a pen to draw in this style so that you can’t erase what you’ve created. After creating a sketch, take out another piece of paper. Use a pen to draw what you’ve sketched. It’s okay if the drawing looks different from what you’ve sketched or if you make mistakes. Do not give up until you feel the drawing is complete.[7]
    • Deciding when the drawing is complete is entirely up to you. You can stop whenever you can’t think of anything else to add to the drawing.

Part 3
Creating a NeoPopRealism Egg

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    Draw several patterns. You can dive into creating the egg if you’d like, but it’s okay to start by generating ideas by drawing patterns. Take out a piece of paper and a pencil. Fill the paper with several separate and unique patterns. You can use the patterns to fill in your egg when you’re ready.[8]
    • For example, you can draw repeated diamonds, many circles filled in with either lines or swirls, or draw repeated, curvy lines.
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    Draw an egg shape on paper. Once you’ve come up with some patterns, draw the shape of an egg on a piece of paper. You should only draw the basic outline, and the inside of the “egg” should be empty. It’s okay if the shape isn’t perfect, but you can redraw it if you aren’t happy with the first shape.[9]
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    Fill the egg with lines and patterns. Now, fill the egg with several different, unique patterns by using a pen. You can put some thought into this or do it entirely without putting conscious effort into what you’re drawing. If you want some structure, section your egg off by drawing several lines so that you create “spaces” for your patterns. Then, fill those spaces with patterns like the ones you practiced. Don’t stop until the entire egg has been filled—unless you want to leave white space.[10]
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    Paint your pattern onto a wooden egg. Your artwork can be finished when you complete the egg on paper, or you can use that egg as a base for a wooden egg. If so, take a wooden egg and acrylic paint in the colors of your choice. Use a thin paintbrush to paint patterns all over the wooden egg. Wait a few minutes for the paint to dry and then finish by spraying it with a clear varnish.[11]
    • You can also use a marker or pen to draw on the egg if you don’t want to use paint.

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