• Danica Thurber

How to: Paint a Realistic Picture in Acrylic

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

Creating a life-like painting is the enviable goal of many painters. But if you didn't grow up in the Renaissance, or you didn't get a chance to go to art school, you might be at a loss as to how to achieve it.


I'm showing you the behind the scenes step-by-step process that takes me from a blank canvas, to a life-like piece in just 2 blog posts!

OK, I lied. 3 blogposts if you're a beginner (don't hate me - I'm here to help you!). If that's the case, check out what supplies and setup you'll need here.


If you've got everything you need to paint, and you just need the know-how. Here's the first step:


Blog post #1) UNDERPAINTING: SET YOUR PAINTING UP FOR SUCCESS

And no, the finished piece doesn't look like a strange Andy Warhol. But this first step sure makes it look like it!


Blog post #2) ADD MID TONES and MORE!

This is where a portrait takes on a more "fleshy" reality. But I like to leave a little bit of the underpainting peeking through. Such a big difference between #1 and #2! Learn how to do it yourself here.

Happy painting! I’d love to see your finished work and answer any questions I can. Comment below - I’d love to hear from you!


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