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Learn To Paint Portraits in Acrylic



In this video series, artist Paul Richmond breaks down the fundamentals of painting acrylic portraits into 10-minute exercises that will help you learn the tools, techniques, and skills of this popular medium. Students will create one original painting from start-to-finish during this course, each lesson containing another step in the process.



You are welcome to work with any acrylic painting materials you'd like, but here's a list of everything Paul will be using in this series:

  1. 8" x 10" stretched canvas 
  2. Acrylic paint - primary colors (red, blue yellow), white, and black are all that’s necessary. Additional colors if possible: brown, green,
  3. Acrylic paintbrushes - variety of sizes
  4. Paint tray or palette paper
  5. Soft-lead pencil (4B or 6B)
  6. Cup of water and paper towels


Video Lessons

  1. Materials and Sketch
  2. Underpainting - Dark Values
  3. Underpainting - Medium and Light Values
  4. Grisaille Method - Background
  5. Grisaille Method - Hair
  6. Grisaille Method - Shadows on the Face
  7. Grisaille Method - Shadows on the Neck
  8. Grisaille Method - Light Values on the Face
  9. Grisaille Method - Light Values on the Face and Neck
  10. Grisaille Method - Eyes
  11. Grisaille Method - Finishing Touches
  12. Glazing Color
  13. Glazing Skin Color
  14. Glazing Details
  15. Finishing Touches