Figurative painting is one of the more challenging tasks for an artist. In this tutorial, Vadim will share his alla prima approach using the Zorn palette. Named after the internationally successful artist Anders Zorn, the palette will be limited to 4 colors to help simplify and control value and color temperature. Vadim will demonstrate how to achieve a large range of tone and color through mixing. The process of figure construction will be kept simple, focusing on accurate geometric shapes and surface planes before developing complex forms.

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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Preview for Painting The Figure From Life (Zorn Palette) with Vadim Zanginian.
Background & Block-In 00:17:00
The Zorn palette will be introduced and colors will be premixed. The canvas will be toned and the figure will be blocked-in using simple geometric shapes.
Section 2
Shadows & Light 00:22:00
Shadows will be painted and the background will be developed. The blocks of the figure will be developed into form.
Section 3
Edges & Value 00:22:00
Edges will be adjusted and the background will continue to be developed. Time will be spent working on the shadows areas of the whole figure.
Section 4
Value & Color FREE 00:23:00
Skin tones will be mixed and painted with attention to value and color temperature. The drawing will continue to be adjusted.
Section 5
Surface Planes & The Face 00:23:00
Time will be spent turning geometric shapes into dimensional forms. Features of the face will be adjusted and developed.
Section 6
Face, Hair & Neck 00:22:00
The head will be developed creating transitional tones. Edges will be adjusted and highlights will be added.
Section 7
Forms Of the Torso 00:22:00
Transitional tones will be used to develop form in the torso. Cool and warm color will create dimension in the shadows and highlights.
Section 8
Legs, Knees & Feet 00:24:00
Warm and cool color will be used to create dimension in the legs and feet. Adjustments will continue to be made on the torso and the arms.
Section 9
Final Adjustments 00:17:00
Adjustments will be made on the head and finishing touches will be added.

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