Portrait Artist Grade 1

Entry requirements: see Art Syllabus

Description: People often ask about portrait painting and my reply is "you need certain skill sets to enjoy it", and this is true. Now, by working through our Masterwork and Floral paintings you will have enough skills in brush work and colour mixing to tackle portraits and have fun!

The human face is something we see every day. We are really good at telling one face from another.

Why then are they so difficult to draw or paint?

Sketch of an eye by Peter Inglis - Learn this at Inglis Academy.

Two reasons:

  1. Seeing: The left brain keeps jumping in and making it hard to actually see the face.
  2. Rendering: To express a face in paint requires some sophisticated tool sets.

Luckily for you I have developed an interesting and quick path to portrait painting:

Your path to portrait painting at Inglis Academy
Your path to portrait painting at Inglis Academy.

Portrait Artist Grade 1: Repertoire

Portrait Drawing 101 - you must do this session before your portrait paintings.
Description: Learn to draw a face in any orientation, and add form. Get familiar with the shapes in the eyes, nose, mouth and ears.

Van Gogh: Self Portrait
Van Gogh: Self Portrait, 1889 - Paint it
Description: The language of line. A very stylised portrait with the characteristic Van Gogh texture of many short lines.

Manet: Bar at the Folies-Bergère (excerpt)
Manet: Bar at the Folies-Bergère (excerpt) - Paint it
Description: A textured direct looking portrait.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring
Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - Paint it
Description: One of the most iconic portraits in western art. Porcelain smoothness of the skin is achieved by fine gradation of tone and multiple layers of thin paint.