This particular article is part of a series of articles that I write once a month until now, accompanied by a series of video tutorials showing you step by step the realization of my works and my paintings .
I just made the second tutorial on the portrait of the series, I take you directly to my studio where you will see me paint a portrait, imagination!

Today I realize this feminine portrait of imagination, after having seen different photos and paintings that I fixed for half an hour each day, I decided to make a sketch quite clumsy and inaccurate without model. I began to paint by relying only on my memories, to remember as much as possible of each element that I had seen. You will be able to see that this portrait went through different states before the final rendering that you see here. above.

Painting with imagination is an exercise that can seem difficult, especially when you start in drawing and painting, and you need to have a model in front of you. This exercise aims to familiarize you with the portrait structure, to know how to place shadows and lights as efficiently as possible, and learn to paint the shadows on the face.

It’s also a very good exercise to sharpen your perceptions and visual memory, and I think that by training you to do this exercise, you will gradually get used to paint a realistic face, and well proportion.

To make a similar portrait, it is important to become familiar with the structure of the face, and that is why I decided today to show you a portrait that I imagined, rather than a portrait from of a known face, I will discuss this subject in the next tutorial.

-The painting I used to make this portrait:

Yellow ochre,




ultramarine blue

shadow earth


To train: take four pictures of your choice. In these images take a reproduction of a portrait made by a painter.

first day:

– leave these four images in your usual environment by looking at them as often as possible.

Second day:

-Fix each picture at least half an hour without looking at other things.
-With each image make a quick sketch without looking at the models, let it rest.

Third day:

-Focus your attention on the image that you like the most, set there again half an hour make a small sketch, then keep this image in your daily environment until the painting session.

fourth day.

-Take each photo with you in the workshop, take an hour to observe them, hide them and take a canvas started to draw and then paint.