Experimental Portraiture: Fusing Oil, Acrylic, and Spray Paint

A course by Nikolas Antoniou
Painter. Larnaca, Cyprus.
Joined March 2021
, Painter

Reflect the emotions of your subject by experimenting with ideas and accidents using different types of paint

  • 98% positive reviews (91)
  • 2751 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Reflect the emotions of your subject by experimenting with ideas and accidents using different types of paint

  • 98% positive reviews (91)
  • 2751 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 lessons (3h 27m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Painting gives you the freedom to experiment, make mistakes, express ideas, and create new ones. Artist Nikolas Antoniou uses it as a way to convey the feelings and emotions of his subjects. Working with texture, color, and creative accidents, he paints portraits with spirit that have been showcased at exhibitions and art fairs across the world.

In this course, Nikolas gives you the tools to create experimental portraits of your own. Learn how to use oil, acrylic, and spray paints along with innovative techniques to create paintings filled with emotions.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials and Tips before We Start
  • U3
    U3. Synthesis and Colors
  • U4
    U4. Production
  • U5
    U5. Observing Our Painting
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Nikolas Antoniou, your teacher for this course. He talks you through his journey to becoming a painter and the artists who have inspired his style.

Learn to analyze a portrait for feelings and emotions. Then, delve into the materials needed, from colored pencils to brushes and spray paints. Nikolas shows you how he uses the materials in his own work before explaining how to create light using white spirit.

Discover how to choose the right reference image, paying attention to the light source, angles, and gaze. Experiment with your chosen image using Photoshop to enhance it before transferring it onto canvas. Then, explore the power of color along with which ones Nikolas likes to use and why to trigger certain emotions.

Time to start painting! Begin by preparing your canvas with acrylic and spray paint before creating a grid for your portrait. Nikolas shares his simple technique for drawing characteristics from your reference image onto your canvas. Then, learn to create layers with shadows that give your artwork a three-dimensional feel. Experiment with creative accidents to add interest and personality to your piece.

Add the finishing touches by blurring and cleaning lines and deciding on a wow factor to focus on. To finish the course, Nikolas shares his advice on recognizing when your painting is finished and letting the viewer be a part of the creative process.

What is this course's project?

Create a unique portrait that reflects an emotion by experimenting with oil, acrylic, and spray paint, using a photo reference as your guide.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in painting or exploring a new creative perspective.

What you need

No previous experience is necessary for this course. It is suitable for painters of all levels and abilities.

In terms of materials, you will need a laptop, oil paints, spray paint, oil paint diluent, brushes, an orange pencil, a ruler, and paper.


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Nikolas Antoniou

A course by Nikolas Antoniou


Nikolas Antoniou is a Cypriot painter who specializes in portrait art. He first began experimenting artistically by recreating his favorite album covers in his school books. His cousin, an architecture student at the time, later introduced him to the medium of charcoal which inspired him to draw daily and consider art as a career option. Nikolas went on to study fine art at the University of Western Macedonia and, after graduating, returned to Cyprus to open a studio where he could work on his art full-time.

Nikolas’ style is inspired by the feelings and emotions behind his subjects and his work has been displayed at solo exhibitions and art fairs across the world. He has collaborated with galleries including Morren Galleries in The Netherlands and Alpha C. K Art Gallery in Cyprus as well as with companies like Absolut Vodka.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials and Tips before We Start

    • Portraits That Reflect Emotion
    • Materials
    • Brushes and Spray Paint 1
    • Brushes and Spray Paint 2
    • Creating Light with White Spirit
  • U3

    Synthesis and Colors

    • How to Choose the Right Reference Image
    • Synthesis 1
    • Synthesis 2
    • The Power of Colors
  • U4


    • Preparing Our Canvas
    • Create the Grid
    • Shadow Layers
    • Creating Accidents and Using Colors 1
    • Creating Accidents and Using Colors 2
  • U5

    Observing Our Painting

    • Adding Elements to Make Our Work Stand Out
    • Deciding When to Stop
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Experimental portraying in oil

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Experimental Portraiture: Fusing Oil, Acrylic, and Spray Paint. A Illustration course by Nikolas Antoniou

Experimental Portraiture: Fusing Oil, Acrylic, and Spray Paint

A course by Nikolas Antoniou
Painter. Larnaca, Cyprus.
Joined March 2021
  • 98% positive reviews (91)
  • 2751 students