Painting With Acrylics - COPYING A PHOTO -Step by Step

Fun and easy course on painting with acrylic paint, covering supplies, colour theory, and painting techniques.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

This "Learn To Paint" (with acrylic) art course, using a reference photo, is taught by professional artist and art teacher (Masterpiece Art School) Cristian S. Aluas. A materials/supplies list is provided at the start of the course, listing economical options for students. The instructor talks about choosing your subject, if other than the reference photo he is using (or you can use the photo he uses, which is also provided) and he discusses composition theory. This course also features a couple of clear videos on colour theory and acrylic painting techniques, outlining how to use your brushes and how to achieve desired techniques (like gradients and blending). What follows is an easy-to-follow series of video lectures, geared toward art students of all levels, where the student can follow the instructor as he paints a dancer on a canvas (from the reference photo). Students can follow along with the same subject or just watch and learn from these short and engaging videos and then undertake their own painting project. This experienced instructor takes a fun and casual approach, aiming to make acrylic painting very accessible to any and all students that are looking to learn a new medium or gain a fresh perspective into this popular trend of painting realistically with acrylic paint!

What are the requirements?

  • Acrylic paint supplies (materials list provided in course)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Paint something realistically, from a photo
  • Learn colour theory
  • Learn mixing paints
  • Learn acrylic painting techniques
  • Complete a project, while having fun, in a relatively short amount of time

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner/Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced, looking for different perspective

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Introduction to "Learn To Paint" with Acrylics, with Cristian S. Aluas, here at!

Section 2: Supplies, Colour Theory and Techniques, and Composition

This lecture covers the art supplies that you will need to paint with acrylic paint, including a downloadable supply list, and talks about the materials. Also, some hints, about keeping costs down, are provided.


Understanding the colour wheel, easily, and learning how to mix acrylic paint to get the desired colours and effects.


Additional acrylic painting colour mixing and techniques that is more in-depth and will help you blend your coluors properly and create great-looking gradients on the canvas.


Choosing your subject and layout out your subject on the proper canvas size and canvas orientation.

Section 3: Painting with Acrylic (from Reference)

Blocking in your painting, working with watered down paint, to till see some of the pencil outline through.

Cover your canvas so the white canvas doe not show any more.


Switching to smaller brush for further blocking (in detail), more colour accuracy, and texture.


After blocking in the figure further and building up the paint layers, we choose an even finer brush now, to work and focus on the details of the face.


After giving the face and body more detail and shape, we now use our finest brush to add in the zebra stripes on the figure, still loosely referencing the photograph.


Now we add the final touches to the painting, tightening the contours of the figure, with the fine brush, and leveraging the ruler to paint a strait line in the background, among other little details.

Please see the next lecture for the extra editing the was done to the painting, showing how easy it is to paint over an acrylic painting and make corrections, when needed.


Here is a great example of how easy it is to correct something on an acrylic painting, by simply matching the colour of the area that you want to correct, painting over the desired area, and repainting the section (strait to paint; no penciling, unless you want to do it lightly and then paint over the penciled part entirely).

Have the confidence to correct something, if it bothers you or if you see that it was wrong (in your eyes). Be true to what you see (in the photo and in real life).

Here are the process images, attached, and the final painting!

Section 4: Conclusion

Congratulations for making it to the end of my "Learn To Paint" tutorial at!

I hope that you enjoyed it and that it was easy to follow. I tried to compress as much as I could in these short video lectures but there is a lot to learn. If you have any questions or need clarification, please feel free to send me a message.

Check out the framed painting, hanging on our hallway wall, attached, and please rate my course 5/5 stars!!! Thank you :)

12 questions

A quick refresher quiz.

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Instructor Biography

Mr. Cristian Aluas, Artist and Art Teacher at Masterpiece Art School

Cristian S. Aluas is a professional artist and art teacher at Masterpiece Art School, with over 20 years of art experience and over 12 years of professional teaching experience. Cristian's art lessons are easy to follow and fun to watch and to learn from. One of the benefits of buying Cristian's video art lessons is that they feel like you are actually in the room with him, listening and learning along-side. Pure and entertaining art education!

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