Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown: Painting Classic Portraits


Video Length: 14 Hours 25 Minutes
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With this exclusive video training, you will learn:

  • The "secret" skin tone formula and how Ryan discovered it by accident — it happens to be the same formula classical masters used centuries ago, but had been forgotten over time
  • How to get your viewers to project their own emotions onto a painting, instead of feeling the model's emotions (and why this is critical to creating a great piece of work)
  • Why creating a portrait is like building a house (and how to make sure you have a sturdy foundation that stands the test of time)
  • The three different stages of creating your drawing — and exactly why you need to follow each one in order if you want to create a beautiful finished product



There is nothing that compares to the joy artists feel when they've painted a beautiful portrait of someone special. Just imagine painting an incredible portrait of such high quality that you don't hesitate for one moment to show it off, either giving it as a treasured gift or selling it for top dollar.

For many painters, portraits are off-limits — they can be too difficult and require a lot of time, only for the artist to be unhappy with the results. Capturing lifelike features, flesh tones, and expressions can be frustrating, and difficult to correct along the way.

There is now a way to learn portrait painting that is easier than ever and will take the mystery out of this beautiful art form. You will want to discover these secrets for yourself right away — and now you can.

Streamline Publishing is proud to release PAINTING CLASSIC PORTRAITS with award-winning master artist Ryan S. Brown.

Ryan is best known for his arresting portraits that capture the attention of anyone passing by.

His style and technique are unmatched.

From how he prepares his canvas

and mixes his paints

and develops his painting over several sessions

pushing it forward bit by bit until it's finally complete.

But what makes Ryan rise above the rest is not just his technique

it's his entire approach to portraits.

"Be always ready to make slight notes of postures, groups, and incidents. Store up in the mind ... a continuous stream of observations from which to make selections later." — John Singer Sargent

You see, the way he approaches portraits is one that few artists speak about, but it's something that can change your portrait skills overnight — whether you're brand new to portraits or you've been painting them for years.

But what does that mean?

Well, according to Ryan, a portrait begins long before you ever meet your model.

It begins the second you decide you're going to paint a portrait.

"I do a lot of different works, but the purpose behind it is the distinguishing factor." — Ryan S. Brown

Instead, Ryan believes in starting from a concept that guides every single brushstroke you make.

This concept is the emotion you want to evoke

the feeling the painting creates

the impact it has on the viewer.

Once this is decided, you use composition, values, and colors to make the concept come to life.

And today, you've got an incredible opportunity to learn from the master himself.

In this masterful 13-hour video, Ryan walks you through his exact process for painting arresting portraits that convey an energy, feeling, and liveliness that seem to jump off the canvas.


Let's take a closer look at what you'll learn in this video:

  • Why, even though your drawing is one of the most important parts of your painting, you want to free yourself from its constraints when you begin painting — it's counterintuitive, but critical to your portrait
  • How the skin tone of your model is like the musical notes in a symphony — and why the beauty of your portrait depends on finding the perfect notes in the right moments
  • The simple yet fascinating tool Ryan uses to identify mistakes when he knows something is off but can't quite figure out what
  • Why you should always grade different parts of the face with different colors, even though it's all a single skin tone in real life (and what happens if you don't)
  • How the molecular differences between different types of paint affect your final painting (this one thing explains the challenges so many amateur painters face)
  • Why Ryan sometimes takes over 300 photos of a model before even beginning his drawing
  • How your peripheral vision can help you perfect the values across your painting
  • The common traps that cause you to paint an "average" painting, and how to avoid them
  • Why the single most important part of your painting happens before you ever touch the canvas (and how that dictates every stroke you make once the painting begins)
  • Why most art school students are terrible at mixing paint to make flesh tones — and what you can do to mixfarbetter
  • The natural mistakes our eyes want to make when creating a painting, and how to avoid them
  • Why you should be thinking about the emotional content of your painting just as much as you think about the visual content
  • Why you must have photos and studies with you as you paint your portrait, even though you have a live model in front of you
  • The natural facial proportions and measurements you can use to paint accurate faces every time
  • Why every piece of your painting has "weight" and how understanding this weight is crucial to creating a vibrant, moving painting
  • How to use your eye like an artist, instead of a student, and how this one shift will change your painting forever