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Color Studies

Portrait Studies in Color

Medium to Advanced level


The Delicate art of Portraiture


Being able to paint realistic looking portraits with an Airbrush requires some experience, the right techniques and a good eye.

Not to mention the amount of time that an artist must spend on trial and errors in order to reach a certain level of mastery in painting convincing faces.

Realistic Portraits are the harder things to paint in nature. Finding the perfect balance of values, keeping the right shapes and expression, achieve the true likeness, all these things requires years and years of studies and practice.

Things get harder once you start working with Skin Tones in color, because the many delicate variations and color nuances differ from person to person, there is no magic formula.

All these things may sound scary at a glance and can lower your enthusiasm for learning if you never painted a portrait.

In this case, the best investment is to reach a real Master in this craft and study with him/her in their atelier.

The key to become a great painter is studying and with the help of a great teacher, someone who can give you the strong bases and the right advices, this really speeds things up in the right direction. A Master who is willing to share all the secrets of the trade with their pupils.

Doesn't that sound great?

There are plenty of great painters who teach portraiture but few are really able to share their knowledge and properly pass it along to other people. It takes patience from the teacher and dedication from the student.

And then you might discover that in your area, there are no living masters and the only option is to travel somewhere hoping to learn as much as possible in a few days of workshop. Then the workshop ends, You have learned many things but then you realise you miss some important steps that you forgot to write down.

You can do it a couple of times but it requires some effort, also economically because these travels have a cost, taking off from work, lodging, traveling, going out for dinners and of course the fee of the training.

Let's do this easier!

We save you the trip, the hotel and dinners, instead you can now study from within your own home, while enjoying the same support and meet many new artist friends online! You receive premium training, working comfortably in your studio during your free time.

The Airbrush Online School is your problem solver, Marissa will be your guide through this exciting adventure in Color!

The Portrait Studies in Color, is your starting point to become a Master in portraits.

This is not a simple "Online Course'. This is a Gold Mine of information and insight that you cannot find anywhere else, things that can change your life an as artist.

Several steps towards Realism

Are you someone that struggles starting or finishing a portrait at home, and love to learn the right steps to build up a solid painting?

You are staring at a white canvas and when you finally put down the first color, you already regret going to dark. You continue anyway and start to erase or overpaint heavily. Ending up with muddy or damaged faces while you have spend hours and hours trying to make it look right. You put it away for a while and hope the next will be better..

Are you ready to change that?

In this Masterclass we share all our knowledge on painting portraits with an airbrush. The workshop is filled with practical tips and demonstrations to show you every step of the way, watch every step back and fort, this can't happen in a normal live workshop but it's possible in our course!

With proper guidance we make sure everyone can follow, no matter the level you are at. We are not saying it’s easy, but with the right information, guidance and practice you can get great results incredibly fast.

It’s a No-nonsense approach so you get to your goals swiftly, enjoy the process more and develop yourself into a true artist that feels the freedom to create anything you can possibly think of to express yourself.

If you like the sound of this, check the list below and find out what else you can relate to.

  • You like to airbrush but when struggling you miss the passion and give up
  • You love to mix colours, but once you have to deal with Skin Tones you have no idea what to do with them.
  • You love to try colours, but it’s scary because you can’t predict them. Colour is very predictable and therefore safe to use!!
  • You have so many creative ideas but you lack the techniques and methods to put them in practice
  • Another canvas ruined because you went to dark
  • Your textures are created with erasers and blades everyone is using, but they look so aggressive and unnatural. Does anyone want to look unnatural?
  • You are on a role but feel a little stuck or insecure on some points and would love feedback. Hey! We have a dedicate support group!
  • You keep wondering how they do it.
  • You’ve tried everything but nothing came out the way you hoped for. Don’t hope, just DO it!

IF YOU CAN RELATE TO ANY OF THESE POINTS….

What you want as an artist is:

  • Build up Confidence
  • Knowhow on color behaviour
  • Work more Efficiently
  • Confidence in great Painting Techniques skills
  • a genuine interest for Art
  • Knowhow about your Working Tools
  • Honest Feedback of someone you can rely on and not your biggest fans in the Family & Friendzone.
  • Grow as an artist so you can widen your horizon
  • Be Excited about each step your painting goes through
  • Grow a list of customers for commissions
  • Build good Social Relationships with other artists and galleries.
  • Get acknowledgement and Respect from the Art world


Over 30 hours of detailed video tuition!

These workshops are designed for every artist out there that likes to Study Realism from Home with professional instructions and guidance.

Over 50 Video Lessons Available for you in this course!

You can now work at your own tempo and play back when you need to see the steps again.

This study will give you a steady base on which you can build up on any techniques. It is also closely related to our other online lessons in Monochrome, portrait studies, since we use Values as our base for any color that we create. As a student you will also receive special discount at Foxy Studio shop for your art supplies.

Learn how to work with Colors, Properly!

Each project has an in-depth part about mixing and matching colors. With some practical exercises we will show you that working with Colors is relatively hard, once you know how they behave. We are not talking of hours of Boring Color Theory, here you will see everything in practice, explained in a very clear way. Finally you will be able to handle any kind of skin tone. Opaques, Transparent, Candy Colors. Paint Mediums: what to use and how to use them. Dilution ratios and pressure combinations, tips and tricks to improve the performance of your airbrush and much more..

Invest in Yourself as an Artist!



Watch the Videos from any Devices.

Our Video lessons are compatible with Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops and Pc.



Weekly Lessons

The lessons are divided in chapters and you will be able to play back and forward as many times as you need to complete your weekly task. You can then upload your image in our closed forum and wait for feedback directly from the Instructor!

We release a new block of Lessons each week, hours of content depending from the level of difficulty. It will require at least double the time to complete the weekly tasks yourself including watching.

Throughout the course you will see different materials and techniques passing by. In the second and third project, feel free to implement techniques and materials shown in the first project. Remember that there is never 1 way leading to Rome!

We are merely showing a big diversity on handling techniques and materials. This way we will build up your self-confidence and you will no longer feel stuck whenever you are painting something new.

THE COURSE

The Course is structured in 3 projects plus some Bonus Exercises, More Lessons will be added as webinars in the Aos Feedback Group.

  1. The first project will cover the Eye's Area and the Nose.

A very rich Workshop with the focus on eyes and nose. Starting with an underpainting you will learn how to create delicate skin tones, textures, expressive eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows using different techniques and much more.. A dedicated Color Theory and extensive skin tone lesson is included.

  1. In the second project we handle a highly detailed study of Lips and an in-depth study of a pale pinkish Skin.

Here we cover everything you need to know about painting realistic and beautiful Lips! All the layering, the textures and many different ways to create them, erasing techniques, color glazing, the use of candies, use of color pencils and much more... A dedicated Color Theory and extensive skin tone lesson is included.

  1. The third project will be a full portrait.

Another great study, this time a profile of a young woman with medium-dark skin color. The focus here will be on the hair, you will learn many cool techniques to build realistic hairs quickly and with astonishing results. The color theory part is another in-depth study of skin tones but this time you will be introduced to some very interesting exercise to develop your color perception and to become more comfortable with them.

We really want to change the way you see thing!

A nose is not just a nose and a cheek isn’t just a cheek. Learn to see things from an artistic classically trained point of view.
Get the importance of Edges and Transitions. Did you know there are color, shape, value and several other transitions you must learn to see?


Learn to work with Values. This way you can construct an object with full attention to what’s most important in Realism: Lights and Darks and all tones in the middle.

Match & Mix Colors : Thanks to our easy and practical exercise regarding the Color Theory you will understand how Colors behaves and how to master the use of them!

Apply opaque color layers : When and where to do this to create form and adjustments as you go along.

Apply transparent color layers : When and where to use these more powerful colors

Softness : How to achieve that special Softness in portraits without loosing realism and details

Adding details : A painting isn’t really finished without the necessary amount of care. We call them details. We avoid pitfalls by not to make details to much or to soon. This will save many corrections

Textures : Plenty of ways to make them, when to add them and when to leave them out.

Correcting Mistakes : Mistakes happen, learn to fix them. We refer to them as adjustments, and they can be made in any phase at any point.



What's More

All the techniques shown in this course are useful to any project you want to tackle in the future or implement into your own style.


We provide high resolution downloadable images and airbrush control practice sheets that you can print or have them printed in your favourite copyshop.

In each project you will pick up tips on diluting your paint, adjusting pressure, working with medium, using different tools to create similar effects and results. There is never 1 way that leads to Rome, so we did our very best to show you the ones that are most convenient.

The lessons are divided in several chapters, so that you can study in your own time each week. You can play back the lesson until you get it 100% and then do your magic.

*Our honest and direct feedback will help you to improve your results.

*All materials used can be ordered in our online shop, but of course you can replace them for the materials you normally use, and match colours and results as close as possible.

What you will learn?


The benefits of working with an Underpainting

How to transfer an image (sketch)

Working with values and how to check them

Creating accurate Skin Tones

How to achieve that special "Softness" in portraits

Optical Color Mix

Erasing techniques

Mastering an electric eraser

Work with transparent and Opaque paint

Diluting the paint

Work with the right pressure

Positioning of the hand and materials

Shielding techniques

Color Glazing using Transparent and Candies

Working with an opaque paint and transparent layers

Create smooth regular skin

Add volume and shades to create form and depth

Using colored pencils to add details

Intense hair study

Subtlety in transitions regarding edges and values

Highlighting and Texturing

Working with medium

Rendering accurate Lips

Add details, when and how

Balance your artwork

and much more..

Your Instructor


Marissa Oosterlee
Marissa Oosterlee

I'm an hyperrealist Artist and Illustrator from the Netherlands who has nearly 20 years of experience on training Airbrush Artists worldwide.
Together with my partner we run Foxy Studio, the most professional Airbrush Training Center in Europe.
I have worked in the past for many succesful Gaming companies like Nintendo, Sony, Davilex and Jumbo. As Illustrator i have also realised movie posters for Movies and Netflix series.
I have been published by several newspapers, tv programmes, international magazines like Airbrush Art and Action, Airbrush Step By Step, and Art Scene International, Artist Collector Magazine and been awarded on prestigious Art Competitions like the Artist’s Magazine, IGOR Guild of Realism. My Artworks can be seen in various galleries and exhibitions worldwide.
Now i'm putting all my experience and knowledge available for all my students. My goal is to pass along an Artistic approach rather than just giving away techniques.


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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What education is needed to enroll?
No previous experience or education is required.
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Airbrush Online School lists ALL prices in Euro. Should you make a credit purchase, your credit company will automatically convert the amount based on current exchange rates. The EU Tax won't be applied in any country outside Europe.
Are the Videos Downloadable?
The Videos are always available to be watched in Streaming directly from our platform. This way you can choose the video quality up to 1080p HD or lower if your connection is slow. However there are various materials available for download on each course.
Are the Lessons all Available at once?
The lessons will be released weekly. This not to overwhelm the student with to much content from the start. That makes things easier to follow and you can focus on each lesson before further procedure
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What if something isn't clear during the course?
We have a closed feedback group where you can ask all your questions regarding the Assignments of the Airbrush Online School and upload your progress for feedback.

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