Complete Portrait And Figure Painting (step-by-step)

Course covers the basics of figure and portrait painting using a limited palette.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

This course covers the basics of figure and portrait painting in oil or acrylic using a step-by-step procedure with the following points covered in detail:

  • Materials using a limited palette for under $100.
  • Complete discussion on brushes, mediums, varnishes, brush cleaners, and painting substrates.
  • Complete discussion on full and limited palettes in terms of color, value, temperature, and intensity.
  • Complete discussion on how to mix any color with a limited palette.
  • Complete discussion on edges, complementary colors, simultaneous contrast, and paint texture.
  • Two complete demonstrations in real time of painting a portrait and figure using a limited palette.
  • How to start a painting on a toned canvas with a brush or using a wipe out technique with only monotones.
  • How to apply first layer of color on a monotone under painting.
  • How to finish a painting with a second layer of paint using glazing and scumbling techniques to obtain three dimensional effects.

What are the requirements?

  • No preliminary knowledge necessary. Cost of materials is less than $100 for a limited palette.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of this course students will be able to paint a portrait or figure with a limited palette.
  • Students will also learn about color theory, color mixing, complementaary colors, simultaneous contrast, and all aspects of starting and finishing a painting.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to learn to paint portraits or figures with a limited palette.
  • Anyone who wants to learn about color mixing, complementary colors, use of a limited palette or full palette.

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Introduction summarizing the keys points of course and what will be painted.


Overview with a detailed discussion of materials needed for course.


Complete description of color theory and use of limited palette.


Starting a portrait painting on a toned canvas with monotones.


Continuation of drawing block in with monotones.


Initial color block in over dried monotone drawing of portrait subject.


Continuation of initial color block by adding more color values using limited palette.


Finalizing the intial color under painting for the portrait done with a limited palette.


Continuation of finalizing the initial color under painting for the portrait done with a limited palette.


The dried under painting is worked up with glazing and scumbling to add finish to the portrait.


Details using a rigger brush are added to the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.


Finishing adjustments to values, edges. color, and detail.


Starting a painting of a reclining nude figure using a wash-in and paint reduction technique.


Continuation of initial monotone block in using q-tips and brushes to define the reclining figure.


A flesh color block in is added to the dried monotone under painting using a limited palette.


An initial color block in of the background and drapery is added using a limited palette.


Second color bock in on the dried figure painting


Second color block in of the drapery under figure and mixing a bright green for blanket.


Value adjustment on figure and drapery.


Adding details to figure painting with a rigger brush.


After drying completely, the final layers of paint are added for a finish.


Painting course summary, varnishing, and brush cleaning.

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Instructor Biography

Donelli DiMaria, Professional artist and teacher

Donelli J. DiMaria is a professional artist and teacher living in Santa Fe, NM. He has shown his paintings and drawings through out the US for the past twenty years in numerous galleries and juried/invited arts shows. Over the past four years, he has been in 14 group museum shows and has his work published in the "Artist's Magazine", "American Art Collector", and in "The Best of Portrait Painting" (North Light Books). He has been actively teaching the "Reilly" drawing and painting techniques for the past six years.

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