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Painting Loose with Charcoal Powder

Develop your charcoal painting skills with Frank Lombardo as he creates an Alla Prima portrait of a woman. Follow Frank's comprehensive instruction, and strengthen your edgework, as he blocks in this piece with soft edges, then works toward harder edges using a subtle push and pull technique. Also included with this course, are instructions on creating your own charcoal powder from scratch, as well as his Vision X 2022 presentation on charcoal painting. (2+ hours)
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Meet your instructor

Francesco Lombardo

Using oil paint as his primary medium and the human figure as his primary subject, Francesco Lombardo creates work that involves repetition, movement, and layers of translucent form. His artistic influences from the past are rooted in the linear elegance of the High Renaissance, the serene yet compelling postures of classical sculpture, and the folds within folds of Baroque art. In terms of contemporary influences, Francesco references many artists including the works of Jenny Saville, Robert Liberace, and Odd Nerdrum.

Lombardo completed training in art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, receiving his B.A. in painting in 2002. Shortly thereafter he studied with the painter Odd Nerdrum in Norway for half a year. In 2004 he found long-lasting influence in the otherworldly allure of Iceland after being awarded a Fulbright to study there for one year.

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