Painting Portraits in Acrylic Paint

Beth Gatza, Artist in Los Angeles, CA

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16 Videos (59m)
    • Introduction to the Class

    • About Me

    • Blooper Introduction

    • Tools - With Description

    • Tools Shopping List

    • How We Will Paint our Portrait

    • Visual Demonstration of the Painting Process

    • Wrapping your Canvas

    • Drawing Your Preliminary Sketch

    • How To Set Up Your Paint Palette

    • Underpainting: Part 1

    • Underpainting: Part 2

    • Underpainting: Part 3

    • Laying Color on Your Grisaille- Demonstration

    • Paint Formulas for Skin Tone

    • Detail Work


About This Class


Have you ever wanted to paint a portrait like the masters, but doubt you can even draw a stick figure? Do you think that you have zero ounces of artistic talent? Do you feel as if the art ship sailed before you were born? Well, all I have to say to that is, “What’s up with that!?”

There are so many tips, tricks, tools, and shortcuts that artists DON’T want you to know about, because frankly, they don’t want you to become better than them. They tell you that you are not allowed to do this or that, because it’s not real art. Yet, when it comes down to it, these tools are available to help make us better artists- Let’s use them! Plus, who cares if someone says that your art is real or not? This project is about you, this project is about learning a trade, this project will give you more confidence in your artistic ability, and this project is a great way to create an amazing portrait without years of practice.

What I hope you will achieve from this class is confidence, and the realization that artistic technique is a trade that you can learn. I hope that after this class you will then begin to pursue and develop your own artistic style, color scheme and vision, which is what will set you apart from other artists.

36 of 45 students recommendSee All

Never realized that the portrait should first be underpainted as a black and white painting to really reflect the shadow values; and, the color is the applied after in thin glazes. Really very good. Just wished she talked more about what she was doing; however, one gets the basic idea of what she is doing.
I love this method and the portrait looks so realistic. Thanks
This class is awesome, I just wish she had devoted an entire chapter specifically to blending. Although, I must admit she dropped some gems on color mixing, that were pretty specific. Keep up the good work.





Beth Gatza

Artist in Los Angeles, CA

Beth Gatza is an art teacher and an oil painter.

Previously, Beth has worked nationally and internationally on over 35 films, music videos, commercials and T.V. shows in art department, including art directing and production designing 16.

Beth has painted 5 backdrops for theater sets, including a 16'10'' x 35' backdrop for Alice in Wonderland in 25 hours.

Beth has production designed 2 fashion shows, and designed a pair of men's jeans as a guest artist for RAWK Magazine. ...

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