Introduction to Realistic Oil Portraiture

A course by Laura Cuadros
Portrait and Landscape Artist . Lima District, Peru.
Joined February 2019
, Portrait and Landscape Artist

Learn to paint faces from scratch and bring detailed characters to life

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 90% Positive reviews (10)
  • 413 students
Introduction to Realistic Oil Portraiture

Learn to paint faces from scratch and bring detailed characters to life


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 90% Positive reviews (10)
  • 413 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (2h 31m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Bring a character to life one brush stroke at a time and immortalize their face in an oil painting. For Laura Cuadros, self-taught artist specialized in portraits and landscapes, this form of art is also a form of meditation that grounds her in peace and happiness.

Join Laura and learn everything you need to know to paint realistic oil portraits and capture the finer details of the face. Discover how to choose your model, recreate facial shapes and proportions, and paint a work of art from a blank canvas.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Previous preparation
  • U3
    U3. Basis for your portrait
  • U4
    U4. The portrait
  • U5
    U5. Final finishes
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know your teacher, Laura Cuadros. She tells you about her professional background and artistic influences, especially other painters and what she admires about their work.

Dive straight into the materials and get familiar with different types of brushes, canvas options, mediums, and paint qualities. Discover what factors to consider when choosing your model and study the structure of the face to better understand facial proportions.

Laura then walks you through how to create your first portrait. Transfer your image to your canvas and experiment with mixing basic colors into a color palette and using a simple technique to create more complex tones.

Now it's time to paint! Start by priming your canvas and then apply the first and second layers of colors following your teacher's advice. Finally, learn how to get an impeccable finish using her glaze technique.

To round out the course, Laura shares some of her professional secrets on how to protect and preserve your art using varnish as well as clean and care for your brushes to make them last longer.

What is this course's project?

Paint a realistic oil portrait by recreating facial features with depth and detail.

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to learn and get started in oil painting.

What you need

No prior knowledge is needed to take this course, but some experience in drawing and painting will be helpful for completing the final project.

As for materials, you need an easel, charcoal, and some basic oil painting supplies including brushes, colors, a palette, a canvas, and other materials your teacher will specify at the beginning of the course.


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Laura Cuadros

A course by Laura Cuadros

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Portrait and Landscape Artist

Laura Cuadros has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. Thanks to studying fashion design, she has developed a keen eye for details and textures and has become an expert in recreating those realistic details in her oil portraits and landscapes. As a self-taught artist, she continuously develops and improves her technique by watching other artists while she paints.

She works on commission for private clients as well as for brands like Bobbi Brown, Banana Republic, Absolut Vodka, and Levi's. She aims to capture the beauty of nature in her work and display in places where these images are unfamiliar as a way of promoting care and respect for nature itself.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Previous preparation

    • Materials
    • How to choose a model
    • Draw to understand
  • U3

    Basis for your portrait

    • What to repair to make the oil
    • CMYK color model applied to oil
    • Color blends for skin tones
    • Gradual transition from one tone to another in the portrait
  • U4

    The portrait

    • Kill the cloth
    • First color layer 1
    • First layer of color 2
    • Second layer of color 1
    • Second layer of color 2
  • U5

    Final finishes

    • Varnish as a final finish
    • Brush care
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to realistic oil portrait

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Introduction to Realistic Oil Portraiture. A Illustration course by Laura Cuadros

Introduction to Realistic Oil Portraiture

A course by Laura Cuadros
Portrait and Landscape Artist . Lima District, Peru.
Joined February 2019
  • 90% Positive reviews (10)
  • 413 students