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Essential Portrait Painting Techniques in Pastel

Essential Portrait Painting Techniques in Pastel

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Portrait Painting Techniques You can Trust
Alain Picard’s steps to pastel portrait painting in Essential Techniques for Pastel Portraits make it easy for you to paint a gorgeous portrait full of life. Painting faces is one of art history’s greatest challenges, and in this video workshop, Alain gives you all the tools you need to paint a portrait using soft and hard chalk pastels from a photo. With lighting tips to define drama and mood, drawing tips for accurate proportions, and refining tools to bring your work to life, Alain shows you how to paint portraits and fill your visual toolbox with techniques that will prepare you for success.

Why Buy Essential Techniques for Pastel Portraits?
What sets this video apart from other videos on portraiture is the in-depth information that Alain covers, all while keeping his instructions easy to follow. Alain’s instruction is right on target; organized so that everyone from beginning students to veteran portrait painters pick up lessons they can apply immediately to improve their painting techniques.

One of the standout chapters of this video covers lighting, from the various types of light conditions (side, Rembrandt and butterfly, to name a few) to classic poses and how to photograph your subject for a great photographic reference. Additional lessons cover composition and simplifying the shapes to create a strong design foundation and accurate proportions, how to build up the values, create edges to direct the eye around the page, and then how to refine the painting to really capture the essence of your subject for a great likeness.

And if you’re looking to try a versatile medium, pastels are a great way to get started. You’ll learn tips for wielding your pastels like a pro.

You Can Paint Portraits
The sheer number of techniques covered makes this video a must-see, as there are valuable lessons for everyone. Beginners can learn the basics and get comfortable with the subject and medium, while more advanced students can learn tricks that will help them advance their art. And you’ll have fun watching the face emerge from the shapes and layers as he builds up the values and refines her features.

Preview Essential Techniques for Pastel Portraits with Alain Picard here to learn drawing tips for creating thumbnails and using angles for accuracy, how take advantage of value and edges to lead the eye through your composition, and pastel techniques that refine your portrait and make it come to life. Then visit ArtistsNetwork.TV for more materials lists and more information about what you’ll find in this video. You can also purchase the DVD from our shop at or download it for more immediate gratification.

Alain Picard is a frequent workshop instructor and demonstrator for art associations, schools, galleries and museums. He earned a BA in illustration from Western CT State University and studied at the Art Student’s League in New York City. Alain’s work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine and The Pastel Journal as well as other publications, and he has garnered top awards from the Portrait Society of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and the Pastel Society of America. Alain is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America as well as the Connecticut Pastel Society where he serves as President. For more information, and to view more of Alain’s artwork, visit

Want to know how you go from baseball to portrait painting? And, you can also watch this exclusive interview he did while in the studio.

[Free download! Paint portraits like a pro when you download these free expert portrait painting techniques!]

Watch the video: Using NuPastels with Watercolor. Portrait Painting (July 2022).


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