Comprehensive Portrait Oil Painting Course



About the course

The first two portraits (German Youth, Haima) have lectures on painting approaches and techniques and live demonstration. There is also a split screen of the palette so that the viewer can see how Mr. Yim mixes colors. There are also four demonstration videos for the viewer to see Mr. Yim’s painting process in practice.

The 6 paintings featured have different color schemes, composition and slightly different approaches based on the subject and painting size. Two of them (French Woman, Portuguese) also include a color study prior to the full-size painting. Color study is an important technique to understand and analyze color relationships in an oil painting.


Video course total length 7.1 hours

  • German Youth – Lecture, demonstration, split screen of palette (124 minutes)
  • Haima – Lecture, demonstration, split screen of palette (122 minutes)
  • French Woman – Demonstration, color study (77 minutes)
  • Portuguese – Demonstration, color study (61 minutes)
  • Douglas – Demonstration (23 minutes)
  • Yujing – Demonstration (40 minutes)


What makes this course different?

Yim Mau-Kun’s style is a combination of the Russian school of The Wanderers and the Impressionist of the 19th century. It’s precise in form, with rich color variation and painterly brushwork. Over the decades, he insists on the tradition of painting from life. Face-to-face communication allows him to better capture both the form and spirit of the subject on canvas.

Mr. Yim has decades of teaching and painting experience. His lectures are done in layman terms, with humor and creative analogies to help his students understand painting approaches and techniques. He also lectures and demonstrates live at the same time so that the students thoroughly understand what he is talking about. The lectures and demonstrations in the course were all done in live painting sessions. Mr. Yim also shares his painting experience and philosophies in his lectures and demonstrations.


Why portrait oil painting?

Portrait painting is an important genre in classical oil painting. Portrait painting is reflective of painting materials, style and aesthetics of different periods. In the past, it played a crucial role in recording people, daily life, tradition and history. Most paintings from the Renaissance to the 19th century are figurative oil paintings including portraits and narrative paintings of different subjects. Narrative painting is the most challenging genre of representational art. For those who aspire to create narrative paintings, portrait painting is an essential skill. Portrait painting can also be a way to make a living. It’s the most popular genre in commissioned art.


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