A course by José Luis Ceña

Language and colour in contemporary portrait

Techniques for the search for a personal language through the portrait

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  • Painting a portrait from start to finish.
  • Main materials and support.
  • Acercamiento a la psicología del modelo.
  • Psychological approach to the model.
  • Use of alternative materials other than painting.
  • Analysis of color, shades and textures.
  • Search for your own language.
  • 11 videos with a total duration: 3h. 06' 41"

In this course, José Luis Ceña will teach us how to make a portrait from beginning to end using measured and systematic procedures in which both the formal aspects and the approach to the model’s psychology take on great importance.

Ceña will bring us closer to techniques that allow us to create our own plastic language by incorporating tools other than painting and a palette of vibrant colors that provide a special plasticity to the work.

Through more than 3 hours of teachings we can learn:

  • Special support and color palette.
  • The psychological approach of the person portrayed.
  • Analysis of color, shades and textures using mixed techniques.
  • Incorporation of tools other than painting.

Student comments

  1. Maribel Calvo Santiago

    Me ha parecido interesante e innovador. Estoy peleándome con un retrato…estoy encallada. Me has dado algunas ideas que creo que me pueden ayudar a seguir con ello. Coincido contigo en que la clave está en hacer y deshacer. Me ha costado a veces seguirte, sobretodo cuando te frenabas en los trazos. Yo soy impulsiva y no tan racional y creo que eso me perjudica. La cuestión está en tener las cosas claras y yo no las tengo aún.
    Gracias por compartir tus ideas y lo voy a dar una vuelta a ver si puedo seguir.
    Gracias Luis.

  2. elfriede.buck

    I enjoyed the course and I think I learned a
    lot from watching him painting. I love the explanations, it is a great course.

  3. eugepintora

    Me ha gustado el curso porque Ceña me encanta. Deseo poner en marcha mi aprendizaje cuanto antes, en muchas cosas he coincidido con lo que ya tenia aprendido y eso me ha dado una doble satisfacción.

  4. jdejuan66

    Ceña is one of my favourite Spanish painters. I live his mastery of graphic language and his choice of subject matter, everyday people and scenes. So I was very happy to see him in action even though he doesn’t talk much and a lot of his process is based on his own intuition as an artist. I immediately changed course on a self portrait I was doing after watching his course . Certainly enlightening I loved how Ceña paints with inner freedom in a loose but precise style making every stain count.

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Purpose of the courses

During this course, you will learn how to make a portrait with mixed techniques using traditional painting tools and others not so much. This process will take place from start to finish. For more than 3 hours of the course you will be able to contemplate an explanation and breakdown of the entire process in simple steps that will allow you to apply these procedures after your own work.

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 painting procedures, especially 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. On the other hand, everyone will be able to make use of the preferred painting material to carry out the practices, although we recommend linen on board as a support, as well as acrylics and oil for painting. José Luis Ceña will also show how to incorporate other tools other than traditional painting that will add a greater visual richness to the work.

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

José Luis Ceña

José Luis Ceña

Plastic artist (Málaga, 1982)

José Luis Ceña Ruiz graduated in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, the city in which he currently resides.

he Later he continued his artistic studies thanks to a scholarship from the Casa de la Moneda specializing in Engraving and Graphic Design. This training has allowed her to incorporate certain aspects of his pictorial work into his pictorial work thanks to the use of tools other than traditional painting. These aspects give his work a very personal imprint, together with the vibrant and courageous use of colors that he incorporates into his palette.

His career is full of awards such as an Honorable Mention in the II Modportrait International Portrait Contest or the Honorable Mention in the Buen Retiro Park Painting Contest or the first prize in the Sigüenza National Painting Contest.