There’s a saying that goes, “talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” This seems to imply the futility of making a film about artists, but regardless of the sentiment there have been some wonderful films on the plight of the men and women who fulfil their artistic callings. Though, there have also been some terrible ones.

From tortured misogynists to heartbreakingly beautiful muses, elusive hideaways, arrogant painters, starving geniuses, sculptors scorned by lovers and everything in between; there is an incredible wealth of cinematic examinations of the creative process. There are some must-sees, and some to steer well clear of, but never fear as Portable is here to guide you through this sometimes strange, mostly compelling world of the artist biopic.