Studying old master paintings is a great way of understanding figure construction and composition. Vadim will share his impressionistic approach in a master study of “The Flute Player” by Charles-Amable Lenoir. A limited palette will be used to control value and color temperature. The process will be kept simple beginning with large abstract shapes, slowly building forms and details. Vadim will also work through the challenges of a painting on a cloudy day in a studio.

Bio: Vadim Zanginian graduated from the Art and Theatre Institute where he trained in Russian Academic traditions in painting the figure. From 1994-2003 he worked as a graphic designer and completed many contemporary graphics logos and posters for rock singers including Cher, Paul McCartney, and Moody Blues. He also provided his graphic skills to leading companies like Guess, Harley Davidson, and Hard Rock Cafe. In his art, Vadim aims to get an impression in limited time with a limited palette.

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Section 1
Block-In 00:16:00
The palette will be prepared and the colors will be premixed. The canvas will be filled with a gray tone and the figure will be blocked-in.
Section 2
Developing the Background 00:31:00
Simple brush strokes and a towell will be used to indicate the lightest areas of the composition. The dark values will be blocked-in and parts of the figure will be worked on.
Section 3
Shadows & Color Temperature 00:33:00
The face and the drapery will be developed using warm and cool variations of color. Opaque color will begin to be used to build the forms of the figure.
Section 4
Blocking-In Skin Tones 00:20:00
Opaque color will be used block-in flat skin tones. Warm and cool colors will be used to develop form.
Section 5
Developing the Face 00:27:00
Transitional tones will be used to blend surface planes. Shadows and highlights will be added to develop the dimensions in the fac
Section 6
Adjusting Value & Color FREE 00:21:00
Simple brush strokes will be used to develop and adjust the background. The value for the dress will also be adjusted.
Section 7
The Eyes & Face 00:18:00
Contrast and details will be added to the eyes and face. Final touches will be added to the lips.

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