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Portrait Painting

Jonathan Yeo

Portrait Painting

Approach your canvas with confidence with the world's most in-demand portrait painter.

This course includes:

27 lessons

8 hours

21 exercises

What you'll learn

Join Jonathan as he teaches you how to get started on your canvas, capture lighting and expressions, as well as develop your own artistic style.

  • Prep your canvas
  • Capture likeness of your subject
  • Select the right tools
  • Learn about light, shade and tone
  • Develop your creative process
  • Practice with self-portraits

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“From Tony Blair to Cara Delevingne, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Idris Elba: in the 21st-Century you do not exist as a public figure unless you have been painted by Jonathan Yeo.” – Vanity Fair

Jonathan has been painting for 30 years, and within that time, he has become one of the world’s most coveted artists. From actors and activists to prominent politicians, musicians and artists, Jonathan’s portraits have earned him a mid-career retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery, London, commissions from the British Royal Family and exhibitions all over the world.

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Lesson plan (27)

  1. 01

    Portrait Painting Introduction


  2. 02

    History of the portrait maker


  3. 03

    Study: first sitting


  4. 04

    Canvas preparation


  5. 05



  6. 06

    Choosing a subject


  7. 07

    Lighting your subject


  8. 08

    How to start the portrait


  9. 09

    Study: second sitting


  10. 10

    Beginnings and education


  11. 11

    Explaining my style


  12. 12



  13. 13

    Colour & tone


  14. 14

    Light, shade & structure


  15. 15

    Final portrait: third sitting


  16. 16

    Achieving a likeness


  17. 17



  18. 18

    Knowing when a portrait is finished


  19. 19

    Studio introduction


  20. 20



  21. 21

    Final portrait: fourth sitting


  22. 22

    Photography as a tool


  23. 23

    Experimentation with portraiture


  24. 24



  25. 25



  26. 26

    Tips on how to progress


  27. 27



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