The term figurative art describes artwork that shows objects or scenes from real life, and therefore represents people, animals or objects. This is often thought to mean work that illustrates the human form but it is not exclusively about figures.
Artwork can be divided into the categories of figurative and abstract. In abstract art, the end product is altered, so that it looks very different from the original figurative source.
Roy Lichtenstein made a series of images of a bull, which demonstrate the process from figurative to abstract art (see Related Links at the bottom of this page to see images).