Cesar Santos: Secrets of Portrait Painting


Video Length: 19 Hours 42 Minutes

 Learn along with Cesar as he shows you:

  • His own color palette, including specific brands, and how to mix the colors to keep your painting realistic.
  • What brushes and tools to use and why — you'll never have to wonder if you're making the right choice again.
  • How different techniques can be used with different medium, the possibilities are endless.
  • His secrets to taking a practical and simplified approach when creating portraits. From start to finish, he leaves no questions unanswered.
  • How not to get distracted from what is important in your paintings — many artists make these mistakes and aren't happy with their results.
  • The universal knowledge and skills he has gained through many years of studying across the world — you get to benefit from his unique blend of tradition and science.


Easily learn to paint beautiful portraits and create gorgeous works of art you can proudly display or sell.

There is no comparison to the joy an artist feels when they've painted a beautiful portrait of someone special. Just imagine painting an incredible portrait that is such high quality that you don't hesitate for one moment to show it off by either giving it as a treasured gift or selling it for top dollar.

For many painters, portraits are off-limits so they can be too difficult and result in a lot of time spent without being happy with the results. Trying to capture life-like features, flesh tones, and expressions can be frustrating and difficult to correct along the way.

There is now a way to learn portrait painting that is easier than ever and will take all of the mystery out of this beautiful art form — you will want to discover these secrets for yourself right away, and now you can.

Streamline Publishing is proud to partner with Art Renewal Center to bring you "Secrets of Portrait Painting" with A.R.C. Master Artist and Salon winner, Cesar Santos.

In this extended video containing over 19 hours of content, follow along with Cesar as he expertly guides you through each step of preparing, creating, and finishing a portrait painting.

Using his systematic approach, Cesar will remove the difficulties that many artists encounter when painting portraits. He'll show you his proven techniques that he has developed over many years of studying in great schools and academies and learned from talented teachers worldwide.


Cesar breaks the process of portrait painting down into four stages:

  • Drawing and constructing
  • Dead coloring
  • Creating a first painting
  • Creating a second painting


In each stage, Cesar not only demonstrates what he routinely does in his own work, he'll carefully explain, in detail, why he does it this way and the advantages these methods have. You can then take this information and incorporate it into your own paintings in no time. Soon, you'll be painting beautiful portraits that are sure to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Watch as Cesar skillfully paints a realistic portrait, from start to finish, interpreting each physical feature and developing flesh tones with great precision.

Because of Cesar's unique, teachable format, this video is appropriate and useful for all skill levels ÛÒ from the beginner to the master artist who wishes to understand more when it comes to painting outstanding portraits.

The skills Cesar teaches are unique, yet universal, and you will find his techniques to be a natural way of building and creating a portrait painting that you can be proud of.

If you have ever wanted an easier way to paint captivating portraits, this is it. Not only will this video show you how to paint better portraits, you will also enjoy a showcase of Cesar's famous artwork and a personal interview with the artist conducted by Vern G. Swanson, Art Renewal Center Trustee. Also featured is a musical composition directly inspired by the artist's work from Brazilian composer, Giacomo Lombardi.

This video will become a treasure in your own resource library and you will want to refer to it over and over as you master Cesar's secrets of portrait painting. You can pause and practice as many times as you like until you are pleased with the results — something you cannot do when attending a live painting class.


About the Artist: Cesar Santos

From his early childhood in Cuba, Cesar Santos was always interested in creative arts after, immigrating with his family to Miami, he dreamt of a future as an artist. After attending art school and learning a contemporary view of post-impressionistic principles, Cesar wanted to add to his knowledge by understanding the scientific aspect of painting, so he set off to the Angel Academy in Florence to learn more. He then took that knowledge and blended it with what he had learned and used it to develop his own unique and personal style that reflects both modernism and traditionalism.

Cesar is well known for creating portraits that reflect his passion for the unnoticeable, yet irreplaceable, people of his community.


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