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Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic

with Micah Ganske
Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic
Join artist Micah Ganske as he draws on the basics of mixing, glazing and layering to create a narrative portrait.

Join artist Micah Ganske and learn expert tips for painting portraits in acrylic. Whether you're new to the medium or a veteran painter, you'll build the skills to create compelling likenesses that tell a story about your subject. You'll start with the basics of choosing a photo, transferring the image to canvas and building a portrait with glazes. Ganske explains the many layers of acrylic in an intimate environment as he demonstrates how to build a painting from the underpainting to the finishing touches. With a crisp, over-the-shoulder view of Ganske's work, you'll gain thorough insight into how an accomplished painter moves and constructs an image.

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Micah Ganske, and learn how to set up and get started.


Lesson 2. Transferring the Photo


Lesson 3. Underpainting


Lesson 4. Underpainting the Midtones


Lesson 5. Starting the Overpainting


Lesson 6. Building Up The Overpainting


Lesson 7. Overpainting the Background


Lesson 8. Finishing Touches

"Love the format of the class. Being able to attend at my convenience (time and location) is great. Micah, hope you'll come up with some more classes!"
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