Below is a gallery of students work that have been inspired by the final piece that challenges and combines thick impasto work with the palette knife and subtle delicate glazes for a darker skin tone in The Acrylic Portrait Course.

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Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Sonja Feldt – The use of the palette knife on the neck looks amazing, just like an abstract painting. That paired with the three-dimensional modelling of the features really balances the paint application so well.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Kristiina Lähde – There feels like a sensitivity behind the eyes which I really like in this painting, a side of the sitter that might normally be hidden.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Connie Hurley – Connie’s portraits are going from strength to strength! the palette knife section is definitely a stage where you push through the comfort zone and have that deep sinking feeling that you’ve ruined all your hard work, but I think it’s worked so well to add that extra dimension to the character, great job!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Frieda Marie Stewart – What a fantastic job, Frieda’s got the form and structure of the face working really well and managed to keep the solidity in the head and capture the character of the portrait. Excellent colour mixing on the face and the balance of the powder blue in the background works perfectly.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Hans Gustafsson – Some really fantastic first ever introduction to portraits from Hans, looks like he’s got a natural affinity for it!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Huguette – Really lovely skin tones and the subtle layers of colours work brilliantly. The variety of hues in the shadows add real interest.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Kelly Palmer – Kelly has got some fantastic colours working throughout the whole face. There is such a glow to the portrait, the structures on the cheeks and colours in the reflected light work particularly well.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Linda Bass – Particularly like the forehead and the balance of the background colour works perfectly. The whole face feels so three-dimensional on the canvas.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Orla Mikkelsen – The skin tones are excellent and Oral has got the modelling of the feature detailed without being overworked. A great sense of light hitting the face and then dropping into the shadows and like the handling of the texture and paint marks in the background and around the hair. It really juxtaposes well against the refined finish of the features. 

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Adana Virna – I think this portrait is a real triumph, it’s got such a glow to it and Adana has created that real sense of volume and structure in the face yet still kept the character of the sitter, really nice job!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Mary – Really love the colour in the skin tones and the way the warm colour ground sneaks through in the piece

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Aya – Love the layered approach within the shadows and that feeling of light falling over the surface of the face

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Ben East – Ben’s got a really lovely natural impressionistic brush handling, and the added texture with the palette knife section on this portrait has added an extra dimension

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Gloria Wheeler – Gloria has managed to turn the form on the whole of the face and the features really feel like they’re coming out towards us.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Janet Nietvelt – Really nice balance between the lights and shadows, that helps to create the structure to the face

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Sheri Hoem – There’s a great textural quality to this painting and Sheri was inspired to create a live sitting to create a new portrait after her experience on the course.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait III

Justin Johnson – Love the eyes on this final portrait, it is a soulful painting. The highlights have been perfectly placed to draw our gaze to the face. Also some lovely subtle glazing on the warmer tones, a great portrait Justin!

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