A course by Juan Ruiz

Experimentation and interpretation in portrait

Learn how to make a personalized version of a portrait with oil

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361 students
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  • Sketching, choice of image and support.
  • Tools, materials and resources.
  • Tonal gradation, choice of colors and composition.
  • Textures, lights and shadows.
  • Accidents, licenses and game with the error.
  • 9 videos with step by step explanations.
  • Total length: 3h. 08' 19"

In this course, Juan Ruiz will teach you, step by step, how to create a personalized portrait using traditional oil techniques and incorporating some unconventional elements and tools that will give the work a particular imprint, taking advantage of accidents and vicissitudes during the production process.

Juan will show us how to make the initial pencil drawing, create his own color range or palette from the photographic model applying it to the support prepared by himself.

The process is explained, in a very simple and enjoyable way, from beginning to end. Juan Ruiz will teach us:

  • How to create the initial pencil sketch.
  • Materials.
  • Composition decisions and cuts.
  • Analysis of colors from a photograph.
  • Choice of color palette.
  • Maximum and minimum tones
  • Creation of textures, accidents and licenses.

Student comments

  1. logonzalez@orange.fr

    Nada menos que inspirante

  2. lola garmont

    Me ha encantado. Ver pintar a Juan Ruiz y escuchar sus explicaciones resulta inspirador.

  3. _JulianGuerrero


  4. Virginia


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Purpose of the courses

During this course you will learn pictorial techniques and procedures to make a personalized interpretation of a portrait.

Who these are for?

This course is aimed at artists or painters, hobbyists or professionals who want to know techniques, resources and procedures to learn, improve or develop their talent in the technique of oil painting and the subject of portraiture.


Personal computer or tablet to view the videos. It is also possible to use a smartphone, although we recommend larger screen sizes to better appreciate details.

As for the material to practice, it is recommended cumen-type wood, brushes, oil paints, white spirit, liquin, pencil or mechanical pencil, plastic rulers. The materials, we reiterate, are recommended. The tutorial can be done without all the materials or in formats other than those oriented in the video.

The important thing is to practice, practice and re-practice the exercise proposed by the teacher.

Operation of BLURONE courses

All BLURONE courses are taught online and pursue the same objective: to achieve training without interruptions and that suits you.

Videos made by professionals who will explain their techniques and knowledge so that you, whenever you want, can learn and enhance all the skills and abilities you have to achieve the goal.

BLURONE courses can be seen again and again, at the time you want and in the place you choose. You are the one who marks the times and work.

About the artist

Juan Ruiz

Juan Ruiz

Juan Ruiz, Jaén 1993. Jienense painter, currently resident in Granada.

The style in which Juan Ruiz moves is figuration, which he takes as a world to be explored, where everything is interpretable, both the shape and the color, seeking in some way to achieve new registers or new solutions with which approach a figurative painting today.

Trained at the School of Art in Jaén (José Nogué), his career revolves around continuous experimentation in which the following stand out as the main references, among others: Nicolás Uribe, Rupretch Von Kaufman, Jenny Saville, Basquiat or Jerome Witkin .

Despite his youth, part of his production has been seen collectively and individually in galleries and national and international art fairs.