Figurative art, describes artwork—particularly paintings and sculptures—that is clearly derived from real object sources, and is therefore by definition representational. “Figurative art” is often defined in contrast to abstract art:
Painting and sculpture can therefore be divided into the categories of figurative, representational and abstract. However, “abstract” is sometimes used as a synonym for non-representational art and non-objective art, i.e. art which has no derivation from figures or objects. Figurative art is not synonymous with figure painting (art that represents the human figure), although human and animal figures are frequent subjects.
The formal elements, upon which figurative art is dependent, include line, shape, color, light and dark, mass, volume, texture, and perspective, although it should be pointed out that these elements of design could also play a role in creating other types of imagery — for instance abstract, or non-representational or non-objective two-dimensional artwork. The difference is that in figurative art these elements are deployed to create an impression or illusion of form and space, and, usually, to create emphasis in the narrative portrayed.
Figurative art includes, still life, architectural, floral, human form, landscape.
My point being, I put myself as a painter into a figurative category. To this point here are some example of figurative works from a historical perspective similar in nature to how I create figuratively.