Portraiture – the art of creating portraits – has developed into a wide array of subjects, mediums, and styles since its initial purpose of depicting royalty. However, the portraits that intrigue me the most employ inventive composition, color, and abstraction. I will record my observations, opinions, and analyses on the use of these three aspects from portraits and self-portraits from ancient to the present-day artists. Using the information from this initial survey of portraiture, I will create several portraits of my own using oil paint on canvas. During this process, I will continue to learn how to achieve the most effective composition, color, and abstraction as possible. The end goal through the research of others’ works and the creation of my own is an improved understanding of how to depict the human form in an engaging, creative, convincing, and observant way.