Mini Course: Depicting the Colors in Portraits


The vast range of skin, hair and eye colours presented to the portrait artist is just the beginning when it comes to painting another person’s likeness. Factors such as changes in the light also have to be considered. Those who tackle this subject face a wide variety of challenges and deserve all the help possible.

Based on the book Depicting the Colours in Portraits, this practical course will assist the portrait artist to mix and apply colour with confidence. 20 exercises which will take you through a wide range of skin, hair and eye colours.

The mini course is available in two versions: 

  • For watercolours, gouache and thinly applied acrylics
  • For oils or heavily applied acrylics

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The ‘mini’ courses provide a series of exercises based on the paintings in our Colour Notes series. The exercises are completed following detailed information in each book. Each finished exercise becomes a painting in its own right and builds into a full colour mixing reference. This is definitely NOT a ‘painting by numbers’ approach but a program designed to teach ‘colour mixing and use through practical exercises.

The mini course is presented in an attractive presentation binder with protective translucent sleeves and consists of: Exercise sheets printed on 140 lb acid/free watercolour paper or acid/free textured oil painting paper. A printed laminated practice mixing palette and full instructions.

Additional information

Weight 4.2 lbs
Dimensions 15.2 × 11 × 1.2 in
Choose your course:

Watercolours (without Book), Watercolours (with Book), Oils (without Book), Oils (with Book)

Exercise sheets

Exercise sheets printed on 140 lb acid/free watercolour paper or acid free textured oil painting paper.

Presentation binders

Presentation binder with protective translucent sleeves

Course Material

Depicting the Colours in Portraits BOOK

Teaching Aids

Printed laminated practice mixing palette


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