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A beautiful smile, a gleam in an eye, an expressive gesture, a swirl of hair, a glowing cheek…
Think of these portrait elements as passages in a poem or notes in a song. Then discover new joy as you compose them and find new opportunities that will thrill your viewers.
Because every portrait comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities, you can benefit from Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso’s expert instruction techniques. She’ll help you overcome the challenges and embrace the opportunities. Without this level of guidance, your portraits could languish far from the goals you have set for them.
Creating a Narrative Portrait
In this video, you’ll see how using Gabriela’s painting process can develop and tell the story of the subject. Discover, in your own voice, how you can achieve the likeness, mood, and facial character that make your subject, and your paintings, unique. You’ll realize when painting from life, that life is at the core of making a great painting.
Think in 3D on a 2D Surface
Gabriela teaches you how to approach a portrait as a three-dimensional form. The challenge and excitement come when you discover how to create the illusion of three-dimensional volume on a two-dimensional surface. She shows you exactly how to mold and sculpt the human head with all its subtleties. Her instructional approach is straightforward and direct, very easy to follow, and so beneficial, whether you are aspiring or already at a professional level on your artistic journey.
Taking a Fresh Look With a Fresh Eye
In this video, you’ll see Gabriela do something you may never have seen any other artist do. It’s so different, and you’ll want to try it yourself with your next painting. What is this unique method? She comes back to finish a painting about one month after she first created it … surprising, isn’t it?
She explains the importance of looking at your work with a fresh eye. As you are painting, you become attached to the decisions you make. But after a period of time, you can return with new objectivity and immediately see ways to enhance and improve a painting. Watch as Gabriela transforms her demo portrait into a more masterful work as she returns to the easel with clearer thinking. Fully understanding and applying this method alone makes this video a must-have addition to your resource library.
Gabriela received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and her work can be found in many notable private and museum collections. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Fine Art Connoisseur, Artnews, and many other publications. Gabriela is represented by the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida, and she teaches painting and drawing at the New York School for the Arts, NYC, and the JCC of Manhattan.