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Video Length: 19 Hours
Learn along with Cesar as he shows you:
There is no comparison to the joy an artist feels when they've painted a beautiful portrait of someone special. Just imagine painting an incredible portrait that is such high quality that you don't hesitate for one moment to show it off by either giving it as a treasured gift or selling it for top dollar.
For many painters, portraits are off-limits so they can be too difficult and result in a lot of time spent without being happy with the results. Trying to capture life-like 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 all of 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 partner with Art Renewal Center to bring you "Secrets of Portrait Painting" with A.R.C. Master Artist and Salon winner, Cesar Santos.
In this extended video containing over 19 hours of content, follow along with Cesar as he expertly guides you through each step of preparing, creating, and finishing a portrait painting.
Using his systematic approach, Cesar will remove the difficulties that many artists encounter when painting portraits. He'll show you his proven techniques that he has developed over many years of studying in great schools and academies and learned from talented teachers worldwide.
In each stage, Cesar not only demonstrates what he routinely does in his own work, he'll carefully explain, in detail, why he does it this way and the advantages these methods have. You can then take this information and incorporate it into your own paintings in no time. Soon, you'll be painting beautiful portraits that are sure to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Watch as Cesar skillfully paints a realistic portrait, from start to finish, interpreting each physical feature and developing flesh tones with great precision.
Because of Cesar's unique, teachable format, this video is appropriate and useful for all skill levels from the beginner to the master artist who wishes to understand more when it comes to painting outstanding portraits.
The skills Cesar teaches are unique, yet universal, and you will find his techniques to be a natural way of building and creating a portrait painting that you can be proud of.
If you have ever wanted an easier way to paint captivating portraits, this is it. Not only will this video show you how to paint better portraits, you will also enjoy a showcase of Cesar's famous artwork and a personal interview with the artist conducted by Vern G. Swanson, Art Renewal Center Trustee. Also featured is a musical composition directly inspired by the artist's work from Brazilian composer, Giacomo Lombardi.
This video will become a treasure in your own resource library and you will want to refer to it over and over as you master Cesar's secrets of portrait painting. You can pause and practice as many times as you like until you are pleased with the results — something you cannot do when attending a live painting class.
From his early childhood in Cuba, Cesar Santos was always interested in creative arts after, immigrating with his family to Miami, he dreamt of a future as an artist. After attending art school and learning a contemporary view of post-impressionistic principles, Cesar wanted to add to his knowledge by understanding the scientific aspect of painting, so he set off to the Angel Academy in Florence to learn more. He then took that knowledge and blended it with what he had learned and used it to develop his own unique and personal style that reflects both modernism and traditionalism.
Cesar is well known for creating portraits that reflect his passion for the unnoticeable, yet irreplaceable, people of his community.
Video Length: 19 Hours, 42 Minutes
Learn along with Cesar as he shows you:
Imagine there's a magic pencil and every time you pick up this pencil, you're able to create incredible drawings like this one — drawings will leave your viewers speechless.
Sadly, we all know there is no such thing as a magic pencil
If you want to learn how to create drawings like the one above, then what we're about to share with you is the next best thing
You see, there's a master artist who has some of the finest drawing skills in the world. His drawings are highly collectable.
In fact, one of the top realism collectors in the world purchased one of this artist's sketch pads because he knows it could become a national treasure.
You see, this artist you are about to meet was trained in Florence, Italy, at a very special school that few people in the world ever get to attend. It was there that he discovered these special techniques so few artists possess.
His name is Cesar Santos, and he's one of the world's greatest when it comes to drawing the human figure. And when we saw his sketchbooks, we begged him to create a historic documentation of his entire step-by-step process on video.
But we did not want just another drawing video. We wanted a full course that gives you the depth of training that will allow you to create masterful drawings with the skills he teaches you.
Cesar spent weeks preparing for this special video, and created dozens of in-depth drawings, starting with a skeletal drawing, then adding layers of muscles, and then the skin and the textures. He really did his homework to deliver an absolutely top-notch drawing course that will improve your lifetime body of work.
Video Length: 16 Hours, 30 Minutes
With this exclusive video training, you will:
In this 16-plus-hour video course you can paint alongwithCesar.It's the next best thing to actually being in the same room. Actually even 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 your paintings)
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