A course by Natalia Segovia

Introduction to Anders Zorn’s palette

Learn to take portraits from start to finish with just the 4 colors of Anders Zorn’s reduced palette: ocher yellow, vermilion red, ivory black and white.

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64 students
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  • Introduction. 00´32"
  • Unit 1. Brief biography of Zorn. 09'13"
  • Unit 2. Materials. Pallette. Brushes. Solvents and more. 21'33"
  • Unit 3. Painting. Zorn Palette. Balances. 19'59"
  • Unit 4. Use of colors. Theory of color. 20'14"
  • Unit 5. Tone contrasts. Points of reference. First stains. 18'24"
  • Unit 6. Mouth, sockets, maximum spans, integration. 28'19".
  • Unit 7. Volumes and planes. 18'48"
  • Unit 8. Depth. Rhythm of the brushstroke. 18'25"
  • Unit 9. Color contrasts. Saturation. Reflexes. 19'18"
  • Unit 10. Alternation of temperatures. 17'09"
  • Unit 11. Fragmentation. Perspective, Symmetry. 17'51"
  • Unit 12. Definition of shadows and volumes. 17'23"
  • Unit 13. Values and balance of tones. Composition and its importance. 20'34"
  • Unit 14. Final details. Shadows and their perception. 28'30"
  • Farewell. 00'47"
  • Total length: 4h. 36 '57 "

In this course with Natalia Tomás Segovia on an introduction to Anders Zorn’s palette we will learn step by step how to create a portrait with a professional finish from start to finish using only 4 colors: ocher yellow, vermilion red, ivory black and white. Natalia will teach us from the beginning with the drawing to the control of the reference points through the correct alternation of temperatures until reaching the vital importance of the composition.

A course in which Natalia Segovia, through advice, theoretical explanations and its subsequent practical application, will offer us a fundamental tour of one of the hallmarks and emblem of the Swedish author: her way of understanding portraiture, brushstrokes and her exquisite mastery of color synthesis.

Through fifteen videos lasting almost 5 hours we will see the following topics:

  • Materials. Palette, solvents, brushes, support, etc.
  • Zorn’s palette. Balance. Durability.
  • Theory of color. Points of reference. Broken.
  • Maximum lights. Transparent and opaque colors. Integration.
  • Volumes, planes, depth.
  • Saturation, reflections, perspective, symmetry.
  • Alternation of temperatures, cast and own shadows, final details and much more.

Student comments

  1. Llanos

    Me ha parecido un curso fantástico. Natalia nos presenta su proceso completo y una gran variedad de recursos. Habla de muchos temas ligados a la pintura como dibujo, anatomía, temperatura de color, gesto, materia…
    Me parece muy interesante como realiza las correcciones de dibujo. Recomiendo el curso!

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Purpose of the courses

Durante este curso aprenderás procedimientos y técnicas pictóricas al óleo usando los cuatro colores de la paleta de Zorn para realizar un retrato de principio a fin

During this course you will learn oil painting procedures and techniques using the four colors of Zorn's palette to create a portrait from start to finish.

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During this course you will learn oil painting procedures and techniques using the four colors of Zorn's palette to create a portrait from start to finish.

Who these are for?

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


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. On the other hand, everyone will be able to use the preferred painting material to carry out the practices, although we recommend canvas or wood for the support and oil for painting.

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 artist.

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

Natalia Segovia

Natalia Segovia

Spanish painter.

Natalia Tomás de Segovia, born the year 1985 at the province of Albacete, got a degree on Fine Arts on the Facultad de San Carlos de Valencia, being teached on a vast variety of techniques and styles, which deviated from the more traditional to the most modern and contemporary.

After some years dedicated to different professional activities, Natalia returned to her real vocation: painting, especially on the topic that passionated her and at which she was best: portraits. Before the comeback, her style started to develop, turning into a Contemporanean Realism, inspired by the baroque and inter-centuries classics.

And since this comeback, she has obtained a lot of achievements, like, for example, the first prize of painting of “la Casa del Alumno de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia”, in addition to the increasement of her expositions and the incorporation of the docence into her professional activity, teaching courses and workshops.