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There is nothing that compares to the joy artists feel when they've painted a beautiful portrait of someone special. Just imagine painting an incredible portrait of such high quality that you don't hesitate for one moment to show it off, either giving it as a treasured gift or selling it for top dollar. For many painters, portraits are off-limits - they can be too difficult and require a lot of time, only for the artist to be unhappy with the results. Capturing lifelike features, flesh tones, and expressions can be frustrating, and difficult to correct along the way. There is now a way to learn portrait painting that is easier than ever and will take the mystery out of this beautiful art form. You will want to discover these secrets for yourself right away, and now you can. Streamline Publishing is proud to partner with Art Renewal Center to bring you Secrets of Portrait Painting with ARC Master Artist and Salon winner Cesar Santos. In his early childhood in Cuba, Cesar, always interested in creative arts, built mud sculptures in the rain and used his imagination to invent toys. At the age of 12, after immigrating with his family to Miami, he dreamed of a future as an artist. Even while participating in the sport of boxing and attending a magnet high school for architecture, his first love was always fine art. After attending art school and learning a contemporary view of post-impressionistic principles, Cesar wanted to understand the scientific aspects of painting, so he set off to the Angel Academy in Florence to learn more. He took that knowledge and, combining it with what he had learned earlier, developed his own unique personal style that reflects both modernism and traditionalism.