The process of tonal drawing helps focus on the relationships between dark and light values.  Vadim will demonstrate how he breaks down complex photo references into simple impressionistic compositional studies using charcoal.  The versatility of charcoal will be used in various ways to create clear focal points and atmospheric ambience.  Each drawing will demonstrate the step by step process of simplifying value groups and using perspective in developing strong compositions.

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 Landscape Drawing with Vadim Zanginian.
Section 1
Cityscape 1 00:53:00
The paper will be toned with a wash of charcoal before simple shapes are placed to develop space. People will be placed in the foreground to add focal points.
Section 2
Beach Scene FREE 00:30:00
Tone will gradually be developed from the background to the foreground. Perspective will be indicated with simple marks as people and birds are added.
Section 3
Cityscape 2 00:47:00
The background will be developed quickly and space will be indicated with simple perspective lines. People will be added in the foreground to add ambience to the street scene.
Section 4
Conclusion 00:05:00
Vadim will discuss other tonal studies and discuss the process that went into developing each composition.

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