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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

    08:37

  2. 02

    History of the portrait maker

    15:14

  3. 03

    Study: first sitting

    14:27

  4. 04

    Canvas preparation

    19:00

  5. 05

    Composition

    31:22

  6. 06

    Choosing a subject

    17:27

  7. 07

    Lighting your subject

    17:21

  8. 08

    How to start the portrait

    20:59

  9. 09

    Study: second sitting

    16:10

  10. 10

    Beginnings and education

    22:42

  11. 11

    Explaining my style

    26:30

  12. 12

    Layers

    17:24

  13. 13

    Colour & tone

    31:02

  14. 14

    Light, shade & structure

    14:46

  15. 15

    Final portrait: third sitting

    10:03

  16. 16

    Achieving a likeness

    19:16

  17. 17

    Hands

    09:38

  18. 18

    Knowing when a portrait is finished

    24:23

  19. 19

    Studio introduction

    13:16

  20. 20

    Materials

    16:13

  21. 21

    Final portrait: fourth sitting

    20:58

  22. 22

    Photography as a tool

    19:37

  23. 23

    Experimentation with portraiture

    15:52

  24. 24

    Self-portraits

    11:43

  25. 25

    Reveal

    20:52

  26. 26

    Tips on how to progress

    13:24

  27. 27

    Conclusion

    07:04

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