DVD Length: 14 Hours, 45 Minutes
How to Paint Awe-Inspiring Portraits Like the Italian Masters of Old Without Going to Art School or Spending Thousands on Private Lessons
Notice: This is not just another instructional art video. This is a full workshop, which was filmed in front of a live audience; attendees paid $600 each to attend over five days. You’re getting access to the content for a fraction of what they paid.
There’s a very specific rush you get when a model sits before your blank canvas…
…a rush of wonder, excitement, fear, and possibility.
How will you turn this beautiful human form into a wonderful and expressive painting?
Every portrait artist quickly develops an eye for finding the unique beauty in every person they paint…
…but getting that beauty on the canvas is a whole different challenge.
Part of this challenge comes from having the artistic skills necessary to create a portrait.
Another part of the challenge is more broad…
…it has to do with the way portraiture is taught.
Typically, the moment you meet your model is the moment your painting begins.
It’s a uniquely modern approach.
But one artist believes this is a mistake, and he’s made it his mission to study the greats and share their classic lessons with the world.
That artist is Ryan S. Brown
He defies categorization, painting whatever catches his eye and stirs his soul — but he’s best known for his arresting portraits that capture the attention of anyone passing by.
Ryan’s skills have brought him numerous awards, including:
His style and technique are unmatched.
From how he prepares his canvas…
…and mixes his paints…
…and develops his painting over several sessions…
…pushing it forward bit by bit until it’s finally complete.
But what makes Ryan rise above the rest is not just his technique…
… it’s his entire approach to portraits.
“Be always ready to make slight notes of postures, groups, and incidents. Store up in the mind ... a continuous stream of observations from which to make selections later.” — John Singer Sargent
You see, the way he approaches portraits is one that few artists speak about, but one that can change your portrait skills overnight — whether you’re brand-new to portraits or you’ve been painting them for years.
But what does that mean?
Well, according to Ryan, a portrait begins long before you ever meet your model.
It begins the second you decide you’re going to paint a portrait.
“I do a lot of different works, but the purpose behind it is the distinguishing factor.” — Ryan S. Brown
Instead, Ryan believes in starting from a concept that guides every brushstroke you make.
This concept is the emotion you want to evoke…
…the feeling the painting creates…
…the impact it has on the viewer.
Once this is decided, you use composition, values, and colors to make the concept come to life.
And today, you’ve got an incredible opportunity to learn from the master himself.
In this masterful 13-hour video series, 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, but 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
“After attending Ryan Brown's portrait workshop (filmed on video), I saw a vast improvement in my portrait painting skills, and now I understand what I was missing in the flesh tones of my own portraits. He is an excellent teacher, and I learned a lot.”
— Marion Howard, Artist, Bellaire, TX
One thing you must know about Ryan is that he takes his painting SERIOUSLY.
So seriously that he moved his entire family to study in Florence at one of the premier art schools in the world.
Now, Ryan runs an art school where students attend for 35 hours A WEEK and they pay THOUSANDS of dollars in tuition over the course of several years to learn his techniques. If you have time to do that, you should, but if not, this video is an excellent alternative to give you a full education on portrait painting from a master artist.
This set would also make a great gift for someone you know who would like to learn portrait painting. So why not order extras now, cash in on the savings, and tuck them away for holiday giving? It’s a gift artists will cherish.
Now we want to bring Ryan’s expertise to you — and you won’t have to pay thousands to get access. You won’t even have to pay the $600 for five days of content our live audience had to pay.