How to paint a realistic portrait using acrylic paint

Using acrylic paint for portraits is a match made in heaven! Learn how to create the ultimate retro portrait with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Follow me on Insty: and sign-up to my MadSkillz MasterClub newsletter: and get ready to take your art to the next level!

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Acrylic paint sometimes has a bad reputation for being difficult to use, but with a few key techniques you’ll be able to harness it’s quick drying times to create vibrant portraits.

I’ll be discussing how to start in the “ugly” stages with a quick application of block colours, and then show how the painting progresses with more refined layers. I’ll also be demonstrating how glazing medium can be used to correct colours and boost shadows and highlights in the finished piece.

The model for this piece is Tamara, and you can find her on instagram: and the reference photo was taken by Matt Fieldes Photography:

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