There is nothing that compares to the joy artists feel when they’ve painted a beautiful portrait of someone special. Just imagine painting an incredible portrait of such high quality that you don’t hesitate for one moment to show it off, either giving it as a treasured gift or selling it for top dollar. It’s all possible through a captivating new Streamline Art Video featuring artist Ryan Brown.

For many painters, portraits are off-limits — they can be too difficult and require a lot of time, only for the artist to be unhappy with the results. Capturing lifelike features, flesh tones, and expressions can be frustrating, and difficult to correct along the way.

There is now a way to learn portrait painting that is easier than ever and will take the mystery out of this beautiful art form. You will want to discover these secrets for yourself right away — and now you can.

Streamline Publishing is proud to release PAINTING CLASSIC PORTRAITS with award-winning master artist Ryan S. Brown. In this masterful 13-hour video, Ryan walks you through his exact process for painting arresting portraits that convey an energy, feeling, and liveliness that seem to jump off the canvas.



Here are just a few of the secrets Ryan shares in this incredible training series:

The “secret” skin tone formula and how Ryan discovered it by accident — it happens to be the same formula classical masters used centuries ago, and had been forgotten over time

How to get your viewers to project their own emotions onto a painting, instead of feeling the model’s emotions (and why this is critical to creating a great piece of work)

Why creating a portrait is like building a house (and how to make sure you have a sturdy foundation that stands the test of time)

The three different stages of creating your drawing — and exactly why you need to follow each one, in order, if you want to create a beautiful finished product

Why, even though your drawing is one of the most important parts of your painting, you want to free yourself from its constraints when you begin painting — it’s counterintuitive, but critical to your portrait

How the skin tone of your model is like the musical notes in a symphony — and why the beauty of your portrait depends on finding the perfect notes in the right moments

The simple yet fascinating tool Ryan uses to identify mistakes when he knows something is off but can’t quite figure out what

Why you should always grade different parts of the face with different colors, even though it’s all a single skin tone in real life (and what happens if you don’t)

How the molecular differences between different types of paint affect your final painting (this one thing explains the challenges so many amateur painters face)

Why Ryan sometimes takes over 300 photos of a model before even beginning his drawing

How your peripheral vision can help you perfect the values across your painting

The common traps that cause you to paint an “average” painting, and how to avoid them

Why the single most important part of your painting happens before you ever touch the canvas (and how that dictates every stroke you make once the painting begins)

Why most art school students are terrible at mixing paint to make flesh tones — and what you can do to mix far better

The natural mistakes our eyes want to make when creating a painting, and how to avoid them

Why you should be thinking about the emotional content of your painting just as much as you think about the visual content

Why you must have photos and studies with you as you paint your portrait, even though you have a live model in front of you

The natural facial proportions and measurements you can use to paint accurate faces every time

Why every piece of your painting has “weight” and how understanding this weight is crucial to creating a vibrant, moving painting

How to use your eye like an artist, instead of a student, and how this one shift will change your painting forever

To learn more, visit Streamline Art Video.

This article was featured in Fine Art Today, a weekly e-newsletter from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. To start receiving Fine Art Today for free, click here.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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