Painting Portraits Tutorial



“This Portrait Painting tutorial is loaded with information to help you take your portraits to the next level! We’re going to dive deep into the process with over 7 and a half hours of content!”

I have been working on this tutorial for a long while and it’s been in my mind for even longer. I wanted to come up with something that would provide students with the optimal techniques to push their portraiture further. “Painting Portraits” is a jam packed tutorial full of real, actionable techniques that you can apply directly to your own paintings. I wanted to bring all of my ideas together in one place and demonstrate my methodology in a simple, systematic way. 
Many of us don’t have the time and luxury of painting from the model directly, so here in this tutorial I have purposely focussed on a process utilising photographic reference. We don’t have to just rely on what we are presented with, we can push this so much further! 
My goal for every painting is to create the illusion of a 3 dimensional form on a 2 dimensional surface. Here, we’ll discuss in detail how I achieved incredible, eye-catching results and how you can do the same. I hold nothing back, and over the 7 and a half hours we have together you’ll gain a better understanding of tone, colour, form, composition as well engaging textured surfaces built up with slick brushwork. 
This will be the tutorial you’ll keep going back to again and again!
For our first demonstration I paint Rere, a stunning young Maori woman with strong features and a smooth complexion. Her facial features, along with her hair were a central focus for this painting. I wanted to go for a slick and hyperrealistic approach here; creating many layers with the oil paint to build intricate details. In this first section of the tutorial I talk about structuring the face, creating a likeness using proportion. From here we manipulate our reference and make a colour sketch. Systematically we build up the final portrait with a straight forward methodology; from the first stokes to the last fine details.
In our second demonstration, I create a tribute to JW Waterhouse’s “Soul of the Rose”. In this homage, I used Stephanie as my model. She had the kind of look, like she stepped out of a Waterhouse painting. We recreated a similar scenario to “Soul of the Rose” in a walled garden. In this section I’ll show you how I break free from the restrictions posed by my photographs and created something new and unique. I’ll discuss in length the process of planning and transferring the design, and then finally building up the painting with exquisite detail. 

 I’ve dedicated the last 15 years to mastering painting; let me show you some great techniques that will save you the time an effort grinding it out in the studio. Take your portraits further – check out this tutorial! 

What you will learn

  • I will show you the Materials I use for creating an oil painting, from the paint and mediums to the brushes and grounds.
  • You’ll see up close how I use brushwork to define the subject
  • I will show you my palette where Colour Mixing plays an important role in creating realism!
  • I use many mediums in my process and here I keep it simple and share a tried and true application.
  • The painting is built up to a rich surface by layering the paint over many passes.
  • I show you how modelling with paint defines form creating a 3D scene!
  • You’ll see the entire painting process broken down in easy to understand steps, from the Sketch to blocking in and even applying the fine details.

I recently purchased your Portrait tutorial from you and wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this amazing knowledge. This was my first learning tutorial and class in oil painting and i have learnt so much from you, that i believe words can not describe much. Now the pending work on me is to implement the knowledge that i gained from you 🙂  Hope to learn more …

Penny H

I just wanted to congratulate you on your new tutorial that I purchased, it is quite sensational and you are a truly talented artist.
I found the tutorial super informative and loved the way you continuously commentated throughout the viewing,


I can’t believe how much my portrait painting has improved due to your video I purchase. I have purchased 3 other videos on the subject, but you have nailed it!  I dreaded painting portraits, until I got your video.  Your instructions are so detailed, the palette you use and how you achieve the values are more than I could ask for.  Thank you so very much for being great at what you do and knowing how to teach.  Forever great full.


I have bought several of Andrew’s instructional videos, including his latest Painting Portraits.  

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! I highly recommend it!!!  It’s an incredibly insightful video at an incredible price!  It contains 7.5 hours of jammed packed information.  Andrew walks and talks you through every step of his thinking and decision-making process from his conception of the idea, posing and lighting of the subject, working out the composition and value structure in a study, selection of paint colours and materials, all the way through executing the details of final paintings.  

I have bought numerous videos, often of shorter duration, from other accomplished artists for double the price with fewer lessons provided.  Andrew’s video is a great purchase and a must have for any serious artist who strives to paint realism. 

Almerinda S

“I have taken a number of workshops and have a number of books and DVDs in my collection that I constantly refer too. I find that Andrew’s approach, as has outlined on this DVD and his previous ones, to be my main source of review. None surpasses his brushwork and development of the portrait. I feel he and what he demonstrates to be among the very best. His present DVD, “Painting Portraits” is concise and provides all the information to produce an excellent portrait.”

Michael M

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4 MP4 files – 9.7GB

7.25 hours of content  

 viewed in 1080p, no subtitles



Can acrylic painters gain something from your tutorials?

Absolutely, whilst the mediums have their differences many of the concepts here are the same. It all comes down to colour and composition and these elements are universal in painting.

Are your tutorials good for beginners?

I make tutorials that everyone will gain something from. If you are a beginner, then this is a great place to start. You’ll no doubt learn some crucial techniques to accelerate your development as a painter. If you’re an advanced or professional artist you’ll come away with some new tricks refreshing your approach to creating paintings.

Do you talk about colour mixing?

Yes! Frequently. Colour mixing is important and intermittently through the presentation I show my palette and how I mix some of the colours in this painting

Can the viewer paint along with you?

You’re more than welcome to paint along and I do provide the reference photo as well as the final painting for you to print out.  However I recommend using this tutorial as a guide to paint your own portraits and take these techniques to create your own unique vision. This will give you the nudge you need to take your paintings to the next level.

Do you show how to achieve details?

Yes, I have zoomed in to show some of these finer details being applied.

Does the download work for iPad?

Yes, but we have found that each version of the ipad requires a different software, so before purchasing can please check out what software your ipad requires to download an MP4 file. Thank you!

If I need technical support regarding downloads, can I contact you?

Absolutely, if you have a technical issue, we are only an email away!

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