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Learn How to Paint Oil Portraits in Your Own Studio

With over 5 hours of video broken into 26 categorized chapters. From Drawing to Finished painting you can follow along and learn how to paint like the pros.

Portrait Painting on iPad

Step by Step Instruction

Starting from a sketch to paint on canvas, create a portrait that you can be proud of.


  • Studio Setup
  • Materials List
  • Transferring to Canvas
  • Underpainting
  • Mixing Paint
  • Painting Form
  • Revisions
  • and much more..

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Each class has it's own page with additional text guides so you can follow along and view materials at a glance. Features such as the progress tracker and autoplay will help you keep track of where you're at. Take the course at your own pace and watch on any device.

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Workshop Classes

Clear instruction delivered in a step by step format will guide you through the process of drawing and painting your portrait in oil. Each workshop class comes with an outline so you can clearly see what is covered in the video and quickly learn how to paint portraits in oil.


  • Exercises
  • Principles of Light
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Technique

Demonstration Classes


Finely edited footage of Scott's canvas and palette along with moment by moment narration describes his thoughts and ideas as he approaches each challenge. You'll see how he mixes paint to match the flesh tone on the model while analyzing the effects of light. He discusses the challenge of painting eye lashes, eye brows, nose and lip forms, and much more.

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Five Hours Of Content

Over 5 Hours of edited video content with graphics and narration to simplify difficult concepts. Footage from two separate portraits are narrated and explained in detail. See how Scott's technique is applied in each situation and how the same principles he teaches apply to both.


Whether you're a professional or a hobbyist, this course will help you improve your painting skills.

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You'll have access to the video course for life. You can watch whenever you want, as many times as you want.

What's included

  • Illustrated Glossary

  • Demonstrations

  • Workshops

  • Interviews

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This product is amazing! Scott's years of experience teaching in New York clearly comes through in the workshop chapter. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to become a better artist.

Lesson Plans

  • Chapter 1 Introduction

    Welcome to the "Portait Painting with Scott Waddell" course. This video will explain the different types of classes in this course, what to expect and some of the features of the Alerion Art website.

  • Chapter 2 Interview: Setting Up

    Discover what goes into each painting, from working with models, setting up lights and working in a studio environment.

  • Chapter 3 Workshop: Beginning the Drawing

    All good paintings are built on a quality drawing. Scott goes into great detail about his drawing process and sets you up for success in the painting process.

  • Chapter 4 Demonstration: Beginning the Drawing

    Scott begins the portrait by drawing the large shapes of the face and takes time to establish proportions.

  • Chapter 5 Interview: Finishing the Drawing

    In this class, Scott explains how to conceptualize 3D form with lines and describes some drawing exercises that have helped him become a better artist.

  • Chapter 6 Workshop: Finishing the Drawing

    Scott teaches the importance of managing time and planning each drawing session. He also explains to what extent you should be rendering shadows and details.

  • Chapter 7 Demonstration: Finishing the Drawing

    Scott finishing the drawing and describes what it's like to imagine three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional surface.

  • Chapter 8 Interview: Transfer

    In this video, Scott explains how he transfers the drawing to canvas, the importance of reinforcing the drawing with umber and doing a wash.

  • Chapter 9 Workshop: Transfer

    In this class, Scott teaches how to transfer, what materials to use, reinforcing the drawing and doing a wash.

  • Chapter 10 Interview: Underpainting

    Scott describes what an underpainting is and his experience with doing underpaintings in his academic and professional careers.

  • Chapter 11 Workshop: Underpainting

    In this class, Scott describes the underpainting process. He starts by listing the materials we'll need to get started and describing the thought process behind the underpainting.

  • Chapter 12 Demonstration: Underpainting

    In this class, Scott demonstrates the underpainting and describes the materials he uses.

  • Chapter 13 Workshop: Color Theory

    In this workshop, Scott discusses color theory. Primarily, he breaks color down into it's fundamental parts: hue, value and chroma.

  • Chapter 14 Interview: The Form Pass

    In this interview, Scott explains the process of beginning the form pass.

  • Chapter 15 Workshop: The Form Pass

    Scott describes some exercises that you can to do improve your form painting skills. He also teaches important principles of light and their application to the form painting process.

  • Chapter 16 Demonstration: Painting the Nose

    Scott paints the nose in the form pass and narrates his thoughts on painting gradations along the nose.

  • Chapter 17 Demonstration: Painting an Eye (Part 1)

    Scott begins painting the first eye in the form pass.

  • Chapter 18 Demonstration: Painting an Eye (Part 2)

    Scott paints the second eye and speaks regarding his thought process.

  • Chapter 19 Demonstration: Painting a Cheek

    Scott paints the cheek in the form pass.

  • Chapter 20 Demonstration: Painting the Forehead

    Scott paints the forehead in the form pass.

  • Chapter 21 Demonstration: Painting the Mouth/Chin

    Scott paints the mouth and chin in the form pass.

  • Chapter 22 Demonstration: Painting the Hair

    Scott paints the hair and explains common mistakes when painting highlights on hair.

  • Chapter 23 Interview: The Revision Pass

    In this interview, Scott describes how to plan the revision pass and how to break it down into manageable steps.

  • Chapter 24 Workshop: The Revision Pass

    Scott gives some pointers on how to distance yourself from your painting so that you can be critical and discover what needs to be improved.

  • Chapter 25 Demonstration: Beginning the Revision Pass

    Scott paints the revision pass and narrates some of his thoughts while painting revisions.

  • Chapter 26 Demonstration: Finishing the Revision Pass

    Scott finishes the revisions on the portrait and emphasizes the importance of remaining on the form even at this last stage.