Who is this for?


If you've never touched oil paint but dream of picking it up and start creating professional quality paintings, this is for you.


If you've been painting and practicing for a while but are struggling to get to the next level of impact and voice in your work, this is for you.

Realism is more than just copying reality...

This class will teach you everything you'd need to know about making impactful portrait paintings - not just another copy of a photograph. You will learn traditional techniques and concepts that were used to make classical paintings more dramatic and tactile than reality.

After painting for a while, you would quickly realize that how painting what you see isn't going to make impactful paintings. There are many painting secrets and traditions that made old masters paintings a lot more realistic and dynamic than just copying a plain photograph.

You probably know it's very difficult to gain this type of knowledge in most art schools today.

This course is a comprehensive library of everything I've learned over the years of extensive research, teaching over 1500 students, and thousands of mistakes in my own studio practice. You will learn how I improved my painting skills, developed my own image-making style, and simple systems for others to implement and improve.

I will teach you all there is to know about making professional quality portrait paintings.

It's made for aspiring and professional artists who want to learn classical and dynamic realism.


  • How to compose strong references for painting 
  • Step-by-step construction of finished paintings
  • Developing your unique style and voice
  • How to make more confident and efficient brush marks
  • Various layering techniques 
  • How to organize your palette 
  • Understanding different canons realism
  • Techniques like - Comparative Measurement, Tonal & Colour Underpainting, Direct Painting (Alla Prima), Glazing, Scumbling, Botteggiando, and many other techniques.
  • how to push through "ugly" stages of painting

All of these mediums are accepted: oil, acrylic, gouache as well as digital painting tools. (Opaque mediums are preferred) The instructor's demos will be done in acrylic and oil.

  • Come up with strong references
  • Make multiple studies
  • Draw with accuracy and confidence

  • Build a strong underpainting quickly
  • Learn various techniques of underpainting

  • Finish your painting with an opaque layer in oil
  • Learn how to model and render forms


You will get comprehensive PDF guides that cover a wide variety of topics like historical painting methods, what realism is, and many image-making concepts and techniques.

  • Draw with accuracy
  • Value & colour composition
  • Express with colour
  • Pushing through "ugly" stages

  • Learn indirect painting techniques like glazing, botteggiando, and scumbling

Demo Sneak Peek

Course Curriculum

  Getting ready
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  Foundation I - Simple Value Strategy
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  Foundation II - Generating Ideas & Composition
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  Process & Techniques I - Drawing, Underpainting, and Studies
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  Process and Technique II - "Red Toque" Study and Underpainting
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  Process and Techniques III - "Red Toque" Final Layer and Direct Painting / Alla Prima
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  Process and Techniques IV - Layering with Glazing and Scumbling
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  (Bonus #1) How to minimize your brush marks and become more confident and efficient
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  (BONUS #2) Developing Your Personal Style - Expressive Brushwork & Colour Choices
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  Answering Questions & Wrap Up
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Will this work for me?

See what other Morimoto Studio students are saying...
Caroline Ji

"Keita broke down classical painting into logical, easy to understand procedures and principles with his expertise and knowledge. Painting started to make more sense, and I was starting to see what made a painting successful instead of "paint and hope for the best." Through Keita's guidance and teaching, I discovered new ways of understanding painting from idea to technique, and slowly finding my own sensitivities about painting."

Thomas Ngan

"Keita simplified a lot of difficult and "mythical" process of oil painting. It made everything way easier to understand and control. He was generous to share his inspirations and materials for us to improve our ability. It gave me a huge boost in confidence and skill, and I was able to teach myself from there and build on what I’ve learned. He also taught me how to be a teacher by being a great teacher himself."

Evan Odette

"Studying with Keita was one of the most important steps I took in my learning process for painting. He is a wealth of information and fantastic teacher who is as obsessed and enthusiastic about painting as I am. The experience truly helped me as an artist and I have not had instruction of that value at university or ever since. If you take these courses you will come out more knowledge of anything you seek to learn, whether you know what you need to improve or not. Keita is the man to guide you. A true gift to the arts in all of Canada."

Nobuko Konagaya Carmichael

”Keita’s lesson content for his classes are very detailed and informative. It is that crucial fundamental knowledge offered in his classes that helped me open my eyes as to what I was missing in achieving success with my art. One of the great things about his classes is that not only does he demonstrate how he works as an accomplished painter but also guides us within our own works emphasizing the construction of diverse forms in two dimensional space. His encouraging teaching style helped me greatly in building my skill level and in turn, my confidence as an artist. It was then that I was able to participate in my first major juried art show.”

Raoul Olou

"I first enrolled by taking the classical portrait painting class of Keita, and at first it was a real challenge to learn how to use the material, the different types of brush and trying to attempt to paint a likeness but Keita's instructions really helped during that whole process . The fact that he would start by doing a demo really helped visualize what we should pay attention to while painting and I've learned a lot from that class, that gave me the motivation to enrol in other classes. It really helped de-mystifying painting for me as a career and art practice."

Ashley Wong

"During my first year of Sheridan College’s illustration program, I decided to learn how to use oil paint. That summer, I took a class led by Keita and spent much of my free time painting. I learned the basics of oil painting - Keita has an extensive knowledge of painters and painting techniques. I enjoyed discovering the work of painters I had never heard of. He taught me to take a closer look at the colours I put down. I still remember how satisfying it was to successfully paint a transition in colour. I left the class with a renewed passion for painting. Even though I don’t paint as often now, I still use the skills I learned in the work I make today. If you have a blooming interest in painting, I recommend taking a class with Keita - working professional artist with a great deal of knowledge."

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

More questions?

Just contact at [email protected] for any inquiry.

Start learning simple steps to bring a professional quality to your work.

Enroll now and you'll instantly receive:

‣ 31 high-quality video lessons, broken up into specific topic focused modules

‣ 6 downloadable guides to help you put what you learned into action.

‣ Unlimited life-time access to the course. View it wherever and whenever you like.