Below is a gallery of students work that have been inspired by the Naturalistic Skin Tones painting in The Acrylic Portrait Course.

If you’ve completed the painting from the course yourself drop me an email and I’ll add it to the page!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Sonja Feldt – Love the expression, as if peering down concentrating on the needlecraft in hand. The canvas texture adding some great broken edges to the brushstrokes.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Inge Heynderickx – So many brilliant colours on the surface of the skin, adding movement and energy to the concentrated face.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Morana Kavgic – This has a timeless quality to it, as if from a different era. It’s amazing how the few simple lines on the top tell the story of the dress.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Alberto – This is looking fantastic! The colours are beautiful, a really well balanced tonal piece. The cool grey skin against the vibrant warm glazes is harmonious and shows great sensitivity. Really love the eyelid!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Adana Virna – Adana has really managed to create a great range of colours, great to see all the different varieties within the surface of the skin. Nice painterly handling of the face, great work!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Matt Adler – This first painting with this palette is looking great. Love the texture in the piece and the confident strokes to the grey top, I especially like Matt’s handling of the eyes within the face.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Dr Connie Hurley -This is looking brilliant! Connie has got the colour mixes for the skin tones spot on, love how the brighter dashes of red bring life to the skin tone mixes.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Janet Nietvelt – Great work on the form of this portrait, you really get that feeling of the greys and then the warmer skin tones working together really well.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Tatiana –  This drawing looks great,  with well-observed details in the clothing and the subtle tonal values throughout the portrait.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Ruth – The form and features of the face feel really three-dimensional. The more saturated blush of pink on the lips brings the piece to life and it has that great melancholy feel and sense of space. Great work Ruth!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Orla Mikkelsen – Fabulous job on this portrait, Orla has handled it really well. You can really feel the sense of concentration of the gaze.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Michael Scotland – This first portrait has a really lovely muted pink tone to it. The form and features of the face are great and Micheal’s handled the more saturated blush of pink on the lips brilliantly bringing the piece to life.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Mary – Love the confident blocks in the dress, sit so well against the other colours

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Marjan van der Donk – Marjan has got a lovely touch with colour sense, this portrait, in particular, is purposely quite grey and muted but it’s been handled brilliantly with a real energy to the marks.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Marijke Bentley – Skin tones are looking great, and a nice fall of light from the top of the portrait down to that area that is more in shadow, the extra brighter colour on the lips helps to distinguish them from the rest of the face, fab job!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Linda Gillen – Congratulations Linda! Great work on her first-ever acrylic portrait! The colours are well balanced with lovely variety in the shadows.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Lance Carlson – This is looking fab! Lance has really managed to capture the lovely cooler skin tones of this portrait.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Justin Johnson – This a great palette for stretching what can be achieved with such a few colours and this portrait has a really lovely muted pink tone to it, great texture and brushstrokes while still maintaining subtle variations, fantastic work!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Jim Neuner – Jim’s really captured that feeling of the soft tones and greys and then the warmer skin tones, it works together really well.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Huguette – Huguette has recently moved over from Oils to Acrylics and has adapted the technique really well. Lovely skin tones and the subtle layers of muted greys work brilliantly ‘under the skin’

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Heather – Heather’s painting is looking great. Love the cool purples and then the confidence in the paint application, just great!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Hans Gustafsson – It’s hard to believe Hans has never tried to paint portraits before as this is a really fantastic painting. Colour mixing is looking so full of life! Really well-judged.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Gloria Wheeler – The glazes over the grey underpainting have worked great on this portrait. There’s a real temptation to go stronger with the intensity of the pigments but Gloria has resisted the urge! and its paid dividends in the final result.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Fiona Bisset – There is a real character of the sitter coming through in this painting, with a clear observation of the light and dark values which help to bring the form to life.

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Cheryl – Really nice subtle rendering between the lips and the skin tone, this first painting is a challenge as it forces you to mix colours that are more muted and grey than you might usually go for, great job Cheryl!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Brenda – Nice structure throughout the portrait and I can see Brenda has carefully observed the different changes of light on the surface, great job!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Ben East – A fantastic textural style, Ben found the Zorn palette has been helpful in achieving that more muted colour range, and Ben’s Emily Zorn portrait is particularly lovely. Great subtle greys and muted tones and has achieved a really lovely natural impressionistic brush handling. 

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Barbara Boettcher – This is unbelievably Barbara’s first portrait ever. Congratulations, it looks brilliant! All of the skin tones are working so well, what a fab start!

Student Success Stories - Acrylic Portrait

Aya – The softness of Aya’s brush handling has worked great, it shows a real sensitivity for painting subtle portraits. Fab colour mixing too with great use of glazing for the smooth transition between the light and dark!

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