Working with Tonal Composition

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    In this video lesson world-renowned painter Steve Huston will demonstrate tonal composition working from a figurative painting by Dean Cornwell and a still life painting by Jean Siméon Chardin. Painting only using black and white oils, Steve will analyze the works of these master artists and show you the basic value structure.


    • Gamblin Artist Grade Oil Colors
    • Simply Simmons Paintbrush
    • Canvas Panel
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    Thanks for a great lecture. When you are working this approach with the 3-tones, where does the light/shadow from the previous 2-value approach happen? Are the middle tones in the light, so it’s highlights, halftones, and shadow? Or does it depend on the specific art work? Looks like the Cornwell breaks up into light, cast shadow, and shadow? Thanks.

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    what black does Steve use in these lessons? I use ivory black and it just doesn’t go that dark, is it okay to use lamp black or anything other than ivory black?

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