Learn to paint Portraits

Paint like Vermeer and Rembrandt

Learn to create stunning painted portraits. The course starts with basics like learning to draw the head, eye, ear , mouth and nose as individual objects, before incorporating them into a full self portrait. Learn where to begin and how to prepare for achieving a masterpiece, and to capture the likeness of a person’s facial structure and features with hard edges that bring attention to the most important areas of the painting.

Learn about the palette and techniques of Leonardo and Rembrandt

We may never know who the Mona Lisa was or what she’s smiling about, but we do have some idea of how Leonardo da Vinci created the sombre mood and smoky colors that add to her allure.
Leonardo would first create a detailed underpainting in a neutral gray or brown, then apply his colors in transparent glazes on top. Some of the underpainting would show through the layers, subtly helping to create form. On his palette were muted, earthy browns, greens, and blues within a narrow tonal range. This helped give a sense of unity to the elements in the painting. No intense colors or contrasts for him, so no bright red for Mona’s lips nor blue for her eyes (though it doesn’t explain why she hasn’t got eyebrows!).
 

What is under painting and the difference between Bistre, Grisaille and Verdacchio?

In art, an under painting is an initial layer of paint applied to a ground, which serves as a base for subsequent layers of paint. 
Under paintings are often monochromatic and help to define colour values for later painting. There are several different types of under painting, such as Bistre,  Verdaccio and Grisaille.
****(There are so many confusing colour mixes quoted on these techniques, that I have desided to simplify it for my students)

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