DVD Length: 18 Hours
Is It Possible to Learn to Paint at the Level of Great Masters Like Michelangelo, Raphael, Bouguereau, Gérôme, or Jacques-Louis David?
Can It Be Done Without a Single Art Class or Forking Out Thousands on Private Lessons?
Skeptics would say that it is absolutely impossible to learn to do beautiful, classic paintings, all without a class or the day-to-day guidance of a great master to teach you.
Yet throughout time, we’ve learned of great artists who devoted themselves to mastering the human figure and were self-taught, with a lifelong lust for knowledge.
Leonardo Da Vinci, J.M.W. Turner, Van Gogh, Winslow Homer, Frida Kahlo — all were almost entirely self-taught.
It’s a myth, however, that being self-taught is about self-invention alone. In fact, most self-taught people read and study many sources.
Many people who wish to learn art are forced to become self-educated. Some don’t have the financial means to attend a good art school or atelier. Others have busy careers, so their study time comes in the evening. Still others live in remote places where schools are simply not available.
But what if you are passionate about painting and want to learn how the great masters painted?
You can get some of what you need from books, some from experimentation. But you can save a lot of time by learning from someone who has practiced, experimented, and developed tips over years of study.
If you are passionate about painting, love the human figure, and want to tastefully paint elegant human figures and faces…
And if you would like to learn the secrets that have helped some of the world’s best figure painters become masters of their trade — without an art school, so you can study on your own terms, in your own time, at your own speed, then you will enjoy what you’re about to learn.
Or maybe you love painting but have no desire to learn to paint the human figure.
"Why should I bother learning figure painting in the first place?"
It’s a good question.
After all, it’s not the easiest form of art to learn. In fact, it’s probably the most difficult, and those who do it well are highly respected by their peers.
So if you’re looking for something you can "master" in just a few short hours, this probably isn’t for you.
Yet you should know this:
Renowned Artists Such as
Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bouguereau, David, and Degas Were All Incredible Figure Painters
And if you would like to follow their lead, then figure painting is something you should seriously consider taking up immediately.
Of course, we have to be honest … it’s highly unlikely you or I will ever get to their level. How many people in history have?
Yet can you still get to what many would consider a "highly skilled" level?
And learning how to bring the human figure to life on canvas is one of the most rewarding things you can do as an artist.
Think about it:
How great will it feel being able to paint anyone who’s in front of you, to the point your viewers have to do a double-take when they first see your work…
And even better than painting strangers, imagine painting your friends and your own family.
Not only will you enjoy looking at these paintings every day … your children or grandkids (and even their grandkids) will be able to marvel at your work as family heirlooms for many years to come.
A word of caution, though.
While there’s no doubt figure painting is one of the most fun and rewarding forms of art…
It’s also tough.
Especially if you try to learn it all by yourself.
There is a way for you to get to a highly skilled level without having to waste months (or even years) trying to do it alone…
And you won’t have to attend a single art class or pay thousands for private tutoring.
Sound too good to be true?
Well, let us assure you — it’s not. In fact, we’ve heard from scores of artists who were simply unable to attend classes, workshops, schools … and who were able to elevate their painting skills and move their painting ability forward without them.
We persuaded one of the world’s best figure painters to come to our studios and spend hours filming the important lessons all figure artists need to learn to take their work to the highest level…
We’re About to Tell You About One of the
Most In-Depth Video Courses
We Have EVER Produced.
In fact, it is the longest and most detailed training we have ever filmed and is the video magnum opus of the artist.
Who is this world-class painter?
Cesar Santos … Also Known as "The Man Who Conquered the World Through Painting"
In fact, not only is he one of the best painters on the planet, he’s also the perfect person to learn from.
You see, a lot of world-class painters have been painting since they were old enough to hold a brush...
Cesar, on the other hand?
He grew up in Cuba, where most of his family were much more into sports than art…
It wasn’t until he moved to America at the age of 12 that he discovered art in a much bigger way.
This makes Cesar ideal to learn from.
Because he remembers learning everything he teaches himself!
Here’s what that means:
Unlike the artists who have been painting since they were just 3 or 4 years old — and might have forgotten what it’s like learning all this for the first time — Cesar knows all about the challenges you might face.
He therefore teaches in a way that makes it easy for you to learn.
And know this:
His teaching style doesn’t just benefit beginners.
Experienced people will also learn volumes from him.
After all, he’s one of the best figure painters in the world.
- He’s won numerous awards and honors…
- He’s been featured in various magazines such as Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, and The Artist’s Magazine…
- His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia (including the Villa Bardini Museum in Florence and the National Gallery in Costa Rica)…
- He has been featured and is a best-selling artist in Art Basel, the world’s largest art show, and is one of the very few classically trained artists to sell well in the modern art world.
And if all that isn’t enough, in 2006 he completed the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, one of the great art schools in the world for classical painting.
Talk about impressive!
And Cesar came to our studios to film THE most comprehensive training we have ever produced!
In fact, to give you a better idea of the depth and quality of it, you should know we recorded about 48 hours of video, edited it down to "the meat," and came up with a full…
18 Hours of Step-by-Step
Yes, you read that right…
And think about this ... even at the very best art schools, most of the time is spent practicing what has been learned (something you’ll also need to do). Many schools offer only one lecture a week … so this is like getting 18 weeks’ worth of one-hour lectures … only they’re not high-minded lectures at all….
For the record, it’s NOT a theory-based training where Cesar "talks at" you or "lectures" you.
He completes a magnificent painting from scratch, explaining what he’s doing every step of the way…
Even at many great art schools, it’s rare to get a chance to watch a master do a complete painting from start to finish...
So with Cesar, all you have to do is follow his lead and paint alongwith him…
Side by side.
Watch a segment ... then paint what you’ve learned. This is a great way to cement your learning, and to practice and gain muscle memory until you get it just right … then move on to the next segment.
And the great thing is, you get to do this on your own time and in your own place.
Simply fire up your computer or TV (or portable DVD player if you prefer) and start painting with Cesar right away.
Or you can carry it with you on your smartphone or tablet and watch it when commuting, relaxing, by the pool, on a plane, or whenever you can find a spare moment.
This, the most in-depth course we’ve produced yet, is called:
Secrets of Figure Painting
with Cesar Santos
Like we said, it’s a 18-hour video course where you can paint along with Cesar.
It’s the next best thing to actually being in the same room. Maybe better, because the camera can zoom in on details you probably couldn’t see from your seat.
So what will you discover in this "in-depth training"?
Let’s take a look, shall we?
- The vital reason you need to be more precise when figure painting compared to painting nature
- How to stop your viewers from focusing on a part of your painting you don’t want them focusing on
- What you can learn from the Russians to take your work to the next level
- One of the biggest problems in contemporary art (when you know this, your skill set should improve greatly)
- A simple way to keep the arm muscles in your painting — specifically the biceps — looking in proportion
- Why you’re in awe of the "color harmony" you see in museum paintings (and how you can create this same feeling of awe in other people when they see yourpaintings)
- How to create an "underpainting" that lets you fully enjoy working on the upper layers
- Important life advice Cesar was given by his mentors that helped him become a better painter
- What you need to be thinking about when filling in an area with color (many painters don’t think about this … which is most unfortunate for them)
- Question: When is NOT a good time to use oil?
- How to look at — and interpret — a photo in exactly the same way you would a live model. (Warning: Unless you take a photo from this particular angle, your model’s torso, head, and legs might appear distorted.)
- Why Cesar selects four different sizes of brush and what they are. You’ll be surprised.
- The special chemicals Cesar uses with his paints and their benefits
- Two colors you should mix to create a "fleshy" color. (You can experiment with various combinations in the future, but right now, Cesar recommends sticking with this mix.) This alone may be worth the entire price of this course.
- Why (and when) you should keep the paint lighter than it needs to be
- Why knowing all about color theory can be a good thing (but why it’s not a necessity)
- How to increase the "gesture" of a body leaning a certain way
- Why you shouldn’t "chase trends" in your artwork (and what you should do instead)
- The benefits of mixing ivory black and Indian red
- How to ensure you don’t become a "victim" of your own eyesight (this should almost instantly make you better at painting faces)
- An interesting thing you can learn from a hairdresser about improving certain aspects of your painting
- The specific painting tools Cesar loves to use and exactly why
- How to make something look like it’s in front of another object to capture a "3D" feel
- Plus much, much more
Let us emphasize:
All of this is merely a taste of what’s included in Secrets of Figure Painting.
It barely scratches the surface of what you’ll learn in this value-packed video training.
And how do we know you’ll absolutely want to have this training as an essential part of your painting education?
Cesar’s portrait video was the best-selling art instruction video of all time.
See what these people had to say about Cesar’s portrait video:
"I have purchased these DVDs and watched most parts of them so far. The information is direct and clear, and the techniques are well explained and widely applicable. Thank you, Cesar Santos and Streamline team."
— Sebastián Bidegain
"I employed his techniques. As I was starting on the final painting stage, I forgot to use the makeup sponge to oil the area. What a difference it made to do that! Kind of felt like the heavens opening up and angels singing … it was so neat, can’t even describe how I felt."
— Maureen Jistel
"I purchased the video set and find it excellent! I enjoy Cesar Santos’s teaching style, and he has lots of good information to share. His explanations are clear and to the point. This is one of my best purchases."
— Dan Roth
"I recently purchased Secrets of Portrait Painting and am more than impressed. Firstly, Cesar is an excellent painter and teacher. He explains his palette colors and tints in great detail. You get to see every brushstroke clearly, and Cesar explains his process carefully and is easy to follow along with. The video quality is very good. I loved his interview; Cesar is a colorful personality, and his painting reflects that. He is right; as artists, we are historians, and just as the Old Masters and painters of the past depicted their lives, Cesar shows us how he depicts the life and times of the era in which we live. I’ve yet to get through all the videos, but wow, so far, so good. I was a bit hesitant because I thought it was expensive, but now that I have it, I’m thankful I made the decision to buy it. I’m also very grateful to Cesar for sharing his process with me. If you are hesitant, buy it, seriously, IT’S WORTH WAY MORE THAN YOU’RE PAYING. People spend more money on coffee and takeouts. Now, back to my videos, yay!"
— Oil Painter
"Mr. Santos, I just want you to know that I bought your video and I’m just thrilled! I am a practicing artist for many years, but after six or seven days, I work completely differently! I can’t explain it all, but if you are serious, a couple of hundred bucks … will be pennies for what’s to be learned from this man’s teaching! He leaves out nothing, but you have to work! He TELLS you that there are no ‘MAGIC TRICKS’! YOU don’t purchase it because it’s easy; you purchase it to employ new principles of practice! Having taught art for many years, this video has changed my approach forever! You will never get a better lesson for less, or more than, 200 bucks! It will change you and your work! Thank you, Cesar!"
— Jimmie Sutton
"Thanks to Cesar, I have drawn my portrait successfully. I’m ready to paint tomorrow. I have learned so much from this DVD. He is truly a master teacher. Well worth the price."
— Christine Voelker
And here’s something we haven’t mentioned yet:
We also conducted a truly fascinating interview with Cesar. His back story alone will leave you on the edge of your seat.
And when you buy Secrets of Figure Painting, we’ll also give you this interview.
Now, you might be thinking:
"Eighteen hours of video training from one of the world’s best figure painters … I bet it costs a small fortune."
Well, frankly, it should.
If you were able to hire Cesar to give you 18 hours of his time, it would cost you thousands of dollars.
If you were able to get into one of his typically sold-out workshops, it would indeed cost you a small fortune.
Well, here’s some music to your ears…
This training doesn’t cost a small fortune.
In fact, because we want to provide as many people as possible with this incredible training, we’ve tried to make it affordable to almost everyone.
Are we saying it’s cheap?
This training’s far too good for that.
But will it cost you thousands of dollars, like 18 hours at many art classes would?
Not even close.
And, unlike an art class, where you can’t pause the live training…
You can get through this training at your own pace…
…and then watch it again and again … as often as you like...
...adding it to your library of cherished training, which you can refer to year after year as you meet new challenges in your painting.
In other words, you’re in full control.
Plus, how many teachers at a typical art class are so highly skilledthey’ve been featured in art magazines and had their work on show across several continents?
Yet in Secrets of Figure Painting, you learn from someone who has achieved all these things … and a whole lot more.
So here’s the deal:
You don’t have to pay for 18 hours of Cesar’s time in person at thousands of dollars.
You don’t have to attend an art school in Italy for about $12,000 a year for four years.
After investing thousands and thousands to film this instructional documentary over the course of almost 48 hours…
and after a month or two of expensive editors … and knowing this has to be pressed on to 4 discs…
Many thought the boss would say to sell this video for a reasonable $40 per hour … which would be about $720, and worth every penny.
But the boss made another decision: to make this training as accessible as possible, so we’re going to sell it for just $197.
That’s just $11 an hour for a priceless education from a master artist.
Your price is just $197.