In this 3 hour tutorial, Vadim will demonstrate how to create the illusion of light on the human form. Tonal drawing is a good introduction to painting, as there will be an emphasis on understanding value using an impressionistic approach in charcoal. A value scale will be an important tool to help understand the relationship between light and shadow. Vadim will do three demonstrations using a model. Basic drawing issues will be discussed such as proportion, measurement, and construction.

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 Tonal Figure Drawing with Vadim Zanginian.
Section 1
Drawing the Standing Figure FREE 00:22:00
Geometric shapes will be used to lightly block-in the tone of the figure. A value chart will help find the simple light and dark shapes.
Section 2
Adjusting Shapes & Edges 00:31:00
The planes of the figure will be emphasized by adjusting edges and value. A charcoal pencil will be used to render form and refine the drawing.
Section 3
Samples & Information 00:06:00
Vadim will share some of his figure studies and discuss the process of developing as an artist.
Section 4
Drawing the Figure Sitting 00:25:00
The block-in process will be repeated for a figure in a sitting pose. The tone will gradually be made darker as the drawing is developed.
Section 5
Adding Darker Tones 00:33:00
As the drawing is developed, darker tones will be added. The charcoal pencil will be used to refine the drawing, and render form.
Section 6
Seated Figure On the Floor 00:31:00
Light geometric shapes will be blocked in before committing to dark tones. The values and shapes will be continuously adjusted.
Section 7
Shadows & Form 00:26:00
The shadows will be rendered darker and attention will be focused on developing form. The values will be continuously adjusted to bring the drawing to a finish.

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