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:
- John F. and Anna Lee Stacey scholarship (2004)
- “Best Painting of the Year” at the Florence Academy of Art (2008)
- Featured in the May 2008 issue of Southwest Art as “A Rising Artist to Watch”
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.
PAINTING CLASSIC PORTRAITS
BY RYAN S. BROWN
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.