What is the difference of 'impress' and 'express'?

The subtitles 'impress' and 'express' are the direction of each class. For example in Portrait Painting ( impress), lesson contents are more about how to see given informations (light, shadow, color, form and air) and create the illusion light makes. In Portrait Painting ( express), lessons are focused on developing individual idea, emotion and motion of body in order to input personal voice to artwork. If you like to see how they could be appeared through work process, visit the pages below. Portrait Painting (impress) Portrait Painting (express)

What Charcoal Drawing material do I need for class?

DRAWING PAD: Strathmore Drawing Medium 300 or 400 series. or Charcoal drawing pad. - Size: for figure (18"x24" or 14"x17"), for portrait (18"x24", 14"x17" or 11"x14") * Below links to Amazon. - Strathmore drawing pad, 400 series, medium serface. 18”x24" - Strathmore drawing pad, 400 series, medium serface . 14”x17" - (Recycled) Strathmore drawing pad, 400 series, medium serface . 18”x24" - (Recycled) Strathmore drawing pad, 400 series, medium serface . 14”x17" - Strathmore drawing pad, 300 series, medium serface . 14"x17" * If you can't find Strathmore brand in your area, Blick 80lb, Utrecht or any local brands of drawing pads (medium surface) or charcoal drawing pad are fine. * No 'New Sprint', 'Bristol' or 'smooth' surface, They don't work well with willow charcoal. HB CHARCOAL PENCIL: 'General' brand (Test several HB pencils and choose the hardest/lightest/driest one. If you have, 2H is fine, too.) WILLOW CHARCOAL STICK (General, Cortes, Winsor Newton or any local brand) KNEADED ERASER UTILITY KNIFE SANDPAPER Block or any smooth Sandpaper OPTIONAL - Portable easel :Stand, table-top or no easel is fine. - Drawing board: any of wooden, plastic or thick paper board for backing drawing pad. - (Workable) Fixative - Pencil Extender - Blending Stumps * Compare prices with Amazon's. * Can't have the same supplies in your town? No problem. Just bring anything similar.

What Oil Painting material do I need for class?

  • Oil Paint: Any brand.
Titanium White (Must have) Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Red Alizarin Crimson Ultramarine Blue Pthalo Green Burnt Umber
  • Brushes: Various size of flat, sable or round (either natural or synthetic hair of any brand is fine but must have good shape of hair). Zin mostly use low price/synthetic flat brushes.
  • Palette Knife: Sharp.
  • Palette: Palette Pad or any wooden/plastic/glass palette.
  • Medium: Pure, Odorless 'Linseed oil' or 'safflower oil' (similar smell and texture with normal home cooking oil) in a jar. No fast-dry medium, such as; Liquin or Galkid. Odorless mineral spirit is optional (At workshop, Zin will use Safflower oil + Ordorless mineral spirit).
  • Paper towel or rag: To wipe oil from brush. (Zin use cutted drop cloth)
  • Plastic bag: To put oiled paper in.
  • Large paper or plastic sheet: To prevent paint drops on table or floor.
  • Easel (optional): Portable. Wooden French easel or Light aluminum frame, Stand or table-top easel. No easel? No problem. Just put canvas on table.
  • Reference Picture: For some workshops we provide reference photos via Photo Page at our site. You can choose as many as you like, bring the printed ones or tablet or cell phone to work from. If you have your own photos you like to work from, you can bring them, too.
*For lower cost shopping materials compare prices online, such as Amazon.com. *For our healthy study experience, please don't use fast drying medium, smelly or toxic mediums, such as liquin, galkid, etc. But use odorless/no smelly medium only.

I have been drawing only in graphite pencil. Can I take charcoal drawing workshop?

Yes, many of artists come to workshops haven't used charcoal before. But, they got detailed instruction of using the new medium and could enjoy using the flexible medium at workshop as well as at studio after workshop.

I am not good at drawing and painting. Can I join workshop?

At the most of Zin's previous workshops, more than half of students were beginners. They haven’t used the medium nor drew portrait, or the both before coming to workshop. Beginners don’t have to worry about their short experience of artwork making, cause at Zin’s particular approach, 'expressive', the most of artists are beginner. Zin will introduce the unique direction of expressionism art and you will learn how to approach in the unique direction, how to mind-set for the new way, how to use materials and how to continue/develop after workshop. Many artists send emails or messages to us with their master-piece a few month after workshop. If you still want to prepare for workshop days, take a look at Zin Studio’s YouTube videos. Try copy from some simple demos and you will be more familiar to use the new way of creating art. Come and enjoy at workshop!!!


Commission Order

How does the process begin?

Everything begins with a free and open conversation. You are under no obligation to buy or sign anything during an initial conversation which will clarify our expectation for the artwork and the cost that we hopefully agree to move forward with a commissioned artwork.

How do you determine the price?

Price of the work is by a formula that factors in the dimensions of the work, the costliness of the materials to be used, and the labor-intensity of the techniques and processes that will be employed in creating the work based on the current market price of my work at representing galleries. The work price will be decided by the size, medium and market price of my work. The price may increase if the design is more complex than the artist's normal work and includes (optional) framing cost, packaging, shipping fee and tax. The estimated total will be provided before our agreement.

What is the payment schedule?

Please note that an up-front design fee (20% of the total price of the commissional work) is charged for all projects. When a client chooses to move forward with the design, the production fee (30%) is applied toward the creation of the commission project; should a client choose not to move forward with the design after receiving an initial sketch or composition, the design fee and production fee are retained as compensation for the my time in developing the design and creation of the artwork.

How long does it take to finish?

The time it takes to complete a work varies depending on my time frame, size of work, medium and complexity of the design. In general, 2 weeks to complete small drawing (24x18 inch or smaller) and 2 months for up to mid-size painting (48x48 inch). Deadlines and delivery dates can be negotiated and determined once both parties agree on the overall design.

Can you create a design based on a photo?

Yes, but there are limitations. Artist cannot create artwork based on a copyrighted photo, licensed design or another artist’s work unless the copyright holder provides written permission. Also, not all photos are appropriate for the medium of the artist's work. During our initial conversation, we will discuss about your photos for the best outcome of artwork.

Can I see the design before you begin?

Yes. I will provide example work or composition sketch before the production begins.

Can I see the artwork while you are making it?

Sorry. I do not provide in-progress photos or visits while working on commissions. The piece may go through several drafts and variations until I am satisfied with the design. I have found that sharing photos during in-progress stages could delay the whole creative process. I communicate enough with client before the work start and for your approval for a change of the initial design.

Buying Art

How to mount and frame a work I bought?

The reason I sell original drawings 'without frame and shipped rolled in a tube' as one of framing option is that in this way collectors can choose a frame best fits to their interior space and furniture at the lowest cost. There are 3 ways of framing you can select. How to FRAMING? 1. Custom framers. You can get advices for choosing frames and mount. They assemble for you. Cost is higher but the look is professional. 2. Buy Ready-made Frame and uncutted Mount paper. You can bring the original drawing and visit a local frame stores or grocery stores (eg. AAron Brothers, Frame O' Rama and Michael's in US). Buy a readymade frame and mount paper you like. Then ask a professional to cut the mount and assemble with the frame. Cost is less than custom-made frame. 3. Buy Ready-made Frame and cutted Mount from the stores. And asesmble by yourself. The least cost. (the pictures are attached below) Below is a mail from a collector who bought my draiwng and framed it professionally with lower cost than my method. "I bought the frame and conservation mat/backing from blick.com. I also purchased the plexi glass (anti-glare & UV) from Americaframes.com (I think thats the website). I cut the outter dimensions of the mat myself but then took it to a local framer to cut the opening, they charged me $2 to cut it. I also purchased conversation double sided tape and ran it along the entire perimeter of the backing. Using the same tape I put a few small pieces in the corners of the drawing. Once I lined everything up I carefully removed the backing on the tape and sealed the mat to the backing. I used a 2nd sheet of backing to give the framing a little extra stability since its so large. In my experience without the extra support the piece won't have a nice flush look to the mat. Then i used framing pins to hold everything in place. Last but def not least I used 50lb framing wire to string across the back for hanging. The black frame and dark grey mat really make the stark white paper and charcoal POP! Always think glass is a huge part of framing anything so if you can afford it I try to go non-glare at the minimum but preferably with UV protection as well. Making sure everything is tight within the framing makes it look really clean so the pins are pretty important too. Total dimensions with the frame is approximately 30x38. Hope that helps, need me to clarify anything or provide more info I'm happy to help :) Thanks."

Artist Life

What books do you recommend for study?

Through my early figure studies at college, I've read lots of drawing tutorials as handouts offered by several proffesors. I recently noticed that the most of them were parts of books writen by Loomis, Reily, Vilppu and Henry Yan. After learning the foundations, I've interested in the artist's personal thinking. I read Richard Schmid, Nicolai Fetchen, Francis Bacon and Richard Diebenkorn and they are still my favorites.I read Aesthetics and Philosophy in my first language, Korean for my best understanding of the complex texts. Good book for you depends on your study direction and experience level. So any good book can be one not really necessary for an artist. I personally don't stick to a book for a long time. Instead, just go to library or book store and take some time to find a book touch to me. If I can be reading a book more times than the other books, that is a good book for me at the moment. I rent it or buy. Research online and see the reviews. And enjoy navigating books in library. Test which book takes your attention and encourage you to start making something. That is the best book for your study at the moment of your study.


Why are you mixing your colors right on the canvas you work on, and if you clean that in the end.

I mix color on canvas, because the same material gives realistic sense of touch and I can expect brushworks prior to working on painting. My video's main purpose is showing them to you and I don't really remove the palette part after the demo is done. Rather I like to leave them as color note.

If you chose to forgo the color and marks in later stage, why did you decide to add the marks and colors in earlier stages?

For expressionism I paint like playing chess game or traveling a city without plan. Because I enjoy the procedure of game or travel more than efficiency and the result.

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