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Oil Painting for Beginners: Expressive Portraits
  • Oil Painting for Beginners: Expressive Portraits


    Learn to draw and paint expressive portraits in real-time with Liam Kelleher. In this 4 hour workshop you will learn how to get to grips with the most mysterious of painting mediums: Oils. In Part 1, Liam will show you how to prepare a board, showcase all of the tools, pigments and mediums that you can use and how to transfer a sketch to a wood panel or canvas.  Liam breaks down the misconceptions surround the medium while showing you how to get started with mixing skin tones and looking at the relationships between colours in order to create harmony and colour contrasts. In Part 2, Liam reveals how to prepare the surface for a new layer of paint, how to blend colour effectively and also how abstraction can be a powerful tool to creat appeal in an expressive portrait. 


    PART 1:


    My journey with oils


    How to prime a surface

    Transferring a sketch

    Laying a ground 

    Oil Paint overview


    Oil Painting mediums

    Painting: Establishing darks

    Painting: Blocking in

    Painting: Blending


    Part 2:

    Painting: Oiling out the board

    Painting: Refining the face

    Painting: Refining the hair

    Painting: Abstracting the background 



    Getting started – Quick guide to getting started on the course

    Materials List – including links to products

    Reference Images

    Artwork - PDF of the sketch which can be used to print and transfer to the board

    Artwork – PDF of the final version of the painting 




    Liam has a warm, down-to-earth approach to teaching, with countless years honing his approach in the classroom for over 5 years in private classes and at a college and university level. The course is well suited for absolute beginners as well as more advanced artists looking to familiarise themselves with a structured approach and process that will help them realise consistently excellent portraits.

    • Zip file (consisting of 4 x PDF files)

      Copyright Notice – The images, photos, videos, files and content of this course materials are licensed for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not distribute, post or attempt to resell them.


      Please note that digital products are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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