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The Classic Self-Portrait

with Kerry Dunn
Join artist and teacher Kerry Dunn for a masterful overview of oil painting techniques as you create a classic self-portrait.

Delve into the relationships between shapes, objects and hues that you see in the mirror without struggling to recreate the scene in front of you with each new session. First you'll make a value exercise depicting layers of light and shadows surrounding a ball before advancing to a self-portrait consisting of oil paints in a double primary palette (a warm and cool version of each primary, plus white). Along the way you'll learn to how to seamlessly blend wet and dry paint and incorporate valuable details that bring your portrait to life.

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Lesson 1. Setting Up

  • Meet Kerry Dunn and learn how to set up your tools and studio for a comfortable and efficient work station.


Lesson 2. Underpainting in Grisaille


Lesson 3. Light on the Ball Exercise


Lesson 4. Light & Shadow


Lesson 5. Expanding the Value Range


Lesson 6. Introducing Color


Lesson 7. Blocking & Adjusting Color


Lesson 8. Blocking in for the Final Pass


Lesson 9. Defining the Details


Lesson 10. Reviewing the Process

"Very impressed with this class. I love the way Kerry organized this course, He makes it very easy to follow and understand his thought process from beginning to end."
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