A course by Kike Meana

Introduction to the Velázquez technique

Discover the basics of portrait painting in the manner of the Spanish universal painter

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  • Unit 1: Introduction. Materials. Color palette. 30'50"
  • Unit 2: Fitting the figure. First stain. Dark scale.15'59"
  • Unit 3: Maximum point of light. Construction of volumes I.25'59"
  • Unit 4: Construction of volumes II.14'12"
  • Unit 5: Atmosphere. Distances. Situation. 27'38"
  • Unit 6: Shadow reinforcement. Value of black color. Correct use of the palette. Lights and shadows. 23'15"
  • Unit 7: Wrap the Light. Glazes. Saturation / Desaturation.18'43"
  • Unit 8: Enrich the volume. Veiled shadows. Details. 39'22"
  • Unit 9: Final shots. Importance of drying. Last conclusions. "Less is more" 28'59"
  • Unit 10: End. 00'35"
  • Total Length: 4h. 14' 02"

Kike Meana, throughout the more than 4 hours of this tutorial, will take us into the universe, atmosphere and way of understanding the painting of Diego de Velázquez.

  • We will understand the key fundamentals of painting. Drawing, volume, space and color. In the same way we will deal with other elements that, although subordinate, are presented as very relevant: the composition, texture or filling.
  • We will discover that Velázquez did not make previous drawings. Velázquez drew by line. A line drawing that consists of reproducing the proportions without a previous drawing.
  • We will understand what Velázquez’s treatment of color was and why he used a very sober, very economical palette. The so-called, «Spanish Palette». A palette in which earth tones predominate, cheaper tones.
  • How he carried out the primer or how he distributed the palette with a reduced range of colors: yellow iron oxide, lead white, vermilion or the reasons why Velázquez used carbonate of lime. For Kike Meana there are three reasons.
  • How to locate the maximum point of light and subordinate the tones prioritizing the maximum light or build the volumes. What are the keys to being able to develop the so-called «Velázquez atmosphere», how to envelop the light and enrich the volume.
  • We will also see how to capture and resolve the distances and dimensions of the face in the portrait, such as hairline differences, etc.

Student comments

  1. luisgonro

    Buen curso, aunque parezcan básicos los fundamentos son imprescindibles para quien sabe y para quien cree que sabe. Quizá haya que saber algo para poder comprender y/o asimilar todo lo que nos cuenta este gran pintor como es Kike Meana. A mi sí me ha valido para asentar conocimientos.

  2. Silvia Rodriguez Gaspa

    Curso muy util

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Purpose of the courses

During this course you will learn to make a portrait following the style and technique of Velázquez.

Who these are for?

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


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 the details. On the other hand, each one can make use of the preferred painting material to carry out the practices, although we recommend canvas or wood for the support and oil for painting.

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

Kike Meana

Kike Meana

Kike Meana, (Madrid, 1969). Artista y pintor.

Graduated in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1992. He became a benchmark in Spanish figurative realism with more than 30 years of experience as a painter. Urban landscape, portraits or nudes both in drawing, painting or even airbrush define his production.

Great connoisseur of the pictorial technique applied by the classics from Velázquez through Van Eyck to Sorolla. He is a key figure to understand the processes, foundations and essence of painting from the 16th century to the present day.

His work is currently present in many venues and museums nationally and internationally. Ansorena Gallery; Oneplus Gallery in London or Bernarducci Masel Gallery in NY. A highlight is its permanent presence with seven works at the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona.