A step-by-step guide for beginners to advanced painters with tips on how to achieve realistic looking people. By the end of the course you will have painted at least one portrait using acrylic paints, using methods from the Old Masters. This 8-week course starts with focussing on drawing techniques, the dimensions of the human head and how to place the features. After creating detailed tonal drawings we will sketch out and begin to paint a tonal under-painting onto canvas from a photo of your choice. From there you will be shown how to build up subtle coloured paint layers to create realistic skin and hair and tips on how to go about painting realistic teeth and eyes. This course has plenty of time built in to explore your own personal style as well as appreciate and learn from others on the course.
NEXT COURSE: If you are interested in coming on the next one, please contact Kate.
COST: £280 for 8 classes of 3 hours
Brief Course Outline
Week 1 - Observing and drawing the features - brain trickery, tonal drawings and placing the features on the head
Week 2 - Getting a likeness - ways to start a portrait, sketches from life versus drawing from a photo
Week 3 - Drawing onto canvas and starting tonal under-painting: consider background, lighting, composition, mood
Week 4 - Step-by-step skin tone painting, glazing, colour mixing
Week 5 - Eyes, lips and teeth - how to paint the most challenging bits of the face
Week 6 - Hair colour and how to paint hair both short and long
Week 7 - Colours to use in shadows and reflective light, working around the spectrum
Week 8 - Assessing the portrait as a whole and finishing off (or starting a new one!)
Cartridge paper or sketchbook; acrylic paper and canvas boards (A4 minimum size); acrylic paints (basic colours ie. Cadmium Red, Crimson Red, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Titanium White and Mars Black plus Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey and Flesh Tint * for more info on paints see Acrylics Course); mixing palette; a selection of hog hair and synthetic brushes to include a rigger (I particularly recommend Rosemary & Co. Please ask to see their catalogue and my selection of brushes); palette knives (optional); a board, table easel or easel; jars for water; HB, 2B, 4B and 6B pencils; charcoal (optional); long ruler; T-bar or set square; eraser; kitchen towel; protective clothing/apron; photos of people you would like to paint. Canvas boards will be available or bring your own canvas - you will only need drawing materials for the first two sessions when all you need for the remainder of the course will be explained.
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