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Please go to the Gallery to see a few samples of my portrait paintings. If you are interested in having a portrait painting done on commission, please email me and include a nice crisp and clear photo of the subject you want painted. We will then discuss details. My email is darla.@paintwithdarla.com.
Classes are GUARANTEED. If you are not happy at the end of the class, the instructor will keep your painting. You will receive your refund via PayPal (minus any PayPal fees) by the following Monday. If you miss a class, no refund will be given.
Please read and print the download files. Since Darla is a MazArt Associate Painting Partner, she shares information to help students understand what they need to do and what is expected. Please read the downloadable files. The palette is for those people that want to paint at home. A palette will be provided in class.
Download the documents in the download section above It is imperative that you read the document mentioned BEFORE you reserve your seat. This class is for people that truly want to learn the portrait technique. It is a 3-day class. We use a photo reference to paint the animal. This is for a head/shoulders photo only - no partial bodies. Canvas size will be between 14x18 and 16x20.
1st Day - The first day is the burnt umber underpainting stage. Students will learn why the underpainting is critical to the success of the painting.
2nd Day - The second day is the color blocking stage. Following the reference photo, students are taught how to block in color using a variety of brushes.
3rd Day - This is the day that we add the final details to the animal. This is the day that the animal will really come to life.
PET PORTRAIT COST: The cost is $300 with students bringing their supplies listed on the portrait download document above.
PEOPLE PORTRAIT COST: The cost is $400 with students bringing their supplies.
For People - the 3rd and 4th Day is spent making any adjustments as the color does soak into the canvas. Then details can start to be added. The final details are what brings the portrait to life.
Students will learn how to understanding shading and the value scale. We only use Burnt Umber oil paint with lean medium.
Students will be blocking in color on their animal. This is NOT the final details. Color is added where it belongs. Students will continue learning how to mix colors and more about shadows and the value scale.
This is the final day and my favorite day. Adding the final details is what bring the animal to life.