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with Brian Neher
Online Class

Paint Better Portraits: Realistic Skin Tones

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Learn how to paint skin tones in oil alongside artist Brian Neher. Start by taking reference photos that complement your subject, and set your palette up for success. Next, build the skills to identify and mix warm and cool skin tones. You'll also mix a variety of grays that will bring depth to your work. Watch your canvas come to life as you block in major shapes and master brush control techniques that will help you apply paint with confidence. Then, enhance the clarity and richness of your work as Brian walks you through blending skin tones, building contrast and finishing your portrait with lifelike details. Plus, explore brushstroke methods that will help you define the age and gender of your subject.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h47m

Included in this Class

1. Selecting a Reference Photo

1. Selecting a Reference Photo

Meet your instructor, portrait artist Brian Neher, and learn how to identify the difference between warm and cool lighting. Next, practice Brian's methods for setting up and shooting a reference photo that captures daylight beautifully and depicts your subject in the most flattering way possible.

2. Mixing Warm & Cool Colors

2. Mixing Warm & Cool Colors

Learn about the best paints and tools for portraiture, how to set up a palette that you can use daily, and Brian's professional methods for mixing colors for warm and cool skin colors. Next, learn how to identify temperature changes that will bring striking realism to your work.

3. Gray Matters

3. Gray Matters

Did you know that grays can be one of the most important elements in your portraits? Brian shows you how to identify and mix a range of grays as you train your eye to see value with more complexity. Explore ways to transition from warm to cool hues by mixing complementary colors with confidence.

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