Determining Skin Tone and Undertone

Initially part of the complete Portrait Code masterclass, this informative spotlight course includes in-depth discussion of skintone and undertone, as well as a skin tone mixing demonstration.

Module 1: The Confidence module

The video lessons in this course were created to help painters understand how to identify both skin tones and undertones for portrait painting.

By becoming confident about what your model's skin tone and undertone are, you'll be able to select pigments to mix your palette from.

This course comes with a video demonstration and a downloadable eBook on mixing skin tones.

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A Skilled and Supportive Instructor

Caroline is both a skilled and supportive instructor...Audrey and I both credit Caroline's early support and guidance with Audrey's success in the art world ... When asked to write a freshman essay about an artist that inspired her, Audrey chose not Banksy or Picasso, but Caroline. She has helped my daughter accomplish her dreams, and I cannot recommend her highly enough."

Larrynn C., student parent
Idyllwild, CA

Caroline Italia Carlson
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Caroline is not only addicted to learning, she's addicted to sharing her knowledge to help others achieve their goals. Join her to learn how you can set yourself up for success.

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Comprehensive Instruction

Caroline is passionate about helping her students understand and remember key concepts that build on one another. Her style is clear and logical, mixed with humor and encouragement.

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Pure Joy

If you've listened to her podcast, you know your instructor loves to laugh. She prides herself on her "no fear" teaching approach, and is always supportive and encouraging. Her goal is to always make learning fun.


Super Informative!

I took Caroline's class because I wanted to learn more about oils, brushes, mixing, colors, and drawing the face and hair.

I struggle in all areas, but now that I've taken the class, I'm more confident mixing facial colors and handling the brush. I would take a class with this instructor again.

J. Miron



Her Talents Are Remarkable

I have the great fortune to know one of the people whose portrait Caroline painted. The painting captures her skin tones, hair color, and her facial features amazingly.  Even if I didn’t know her I truly feel I would recognize her in the street should I pass her, it is that good. Caroline did an exceptional job. Her talents are remarkable."

Catherine H.
Amherst, WI

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You Get ALL the Details

  • Lessons on how to determine skin tones and undertones
  • A separate lesson discussing the enigmatic olive undertone
  • Palette discussion of pigment selection and palette layout for success
  • A thorough discussion of mixing a variety of skin tone values, chroma, and temperatures

An efficient, thorough education to demystify identifying your subjects skin tones and where to go from there.

Lifetime Access

Once you buy this lifetime purchase, it's yours to keep. Receive additional content whenever to course is updated.

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Knowledgeable and Helpful

I took Caroline's class because I wanted to learn to paint my paintings instead of trying to "draw" my paintings.

She helped me become more confident about shading and mixing colors when I paint. Her class was just what I was looking for.

J. Strom

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If you are thinking about having a portrait painted of someone special, then Caroline is your artist

Caroline possesses the keen artist eye who can capture an image and have it magically appear on the canvas.

Although we never met in person, collaboration was easily accomplished through calls and emails, as Caroline accepted my suggestions and made adjustments until I was pleased with the finished work.

All of this happened in just a matter of a few weeks, from the original request until the portrait was delivered to my home. She has portrayed a particular moment in time that holds important meaning for me, and I can now share it with all who enter my home.

If you are thinking about having a portrait painted of someone special, then Caroline is your artist.

FBI John (John Iannarelli)