Concept Art: From 2D to 3D

An 8-week course using elements of concept art into 3D to create a new level of realism

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Enhance your design work

In this course, you will go through the most up -to-date methods of design used in the entertainment industry today. You will use different methods and strategies that will allow you to communicate clearly with clients and manage expectations. You will learn the proper tools and familiarize yourself with the best methods to gather ideas and how to focus on what the outcome needs to be, starting with sketching both on paper and digitally. You will learn how to paint make-up designs, sculpt in 3D, and photobashing in Photoshop. Each week, you will be learning different methods to apply in each assignment. Special attention will be given to the most used method in the industry, using a hybrid technique of 2D & 3D. You'll learn to take your concepts to next-level realism. At the end of the course, you will have sketches, make-up design pieces, 3D concepts, and final realistic concept art pieces for your portfolio.

Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Deadlines each week
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Adobe Photoshop Zbrush Keyshot or Vray, pencil or pen and paper, graphic tablet
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Basic understanding in drawing, painting, and sculpting - both traditional and digital

Concept Art: From 2D to 3D WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

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Intro to the different methods of design in the entertainment industry | 2D traditional and digital sketches | 2D digital paintings | Maquettes | 3D sculptures | 2D/3D paintings | Lecture on the methods we will use and why they are the most used in the business | How to approach an assignment | Gathering references | Gathering ideas | How to decide what to do before starting to work
Method: 2D traditional and digital sketching | Intro to 2D traditional | Starting assignment with a sketch on paper and in Photoshop | Digital sketching assignment
Method: 2D digital paintings | Intro to 2D digital painting assignment | Working in Photoshop to achieve realistic concepts | Blending painting and photos | Digital painting assignment
Method: 3D Sculptures in Zbrush | Intro to 3D Sculptures in Zbrush assignment | Using Zbrush to create quick sculptures for your client and how to present them | Working on assignment using Zbrush
Method: 2D-3D paintings, modeling | Intro to 2D-3D paintings assignment | Start assignment referencing the sketch from week 2 to create concept mesh
Method: 2D-3D paintings, rendering | Continuing assignment from week 5 using Keyshot or Vray for rendering the concept mesh
Method: 2D-3D paintings, final concept in Photoshop part 1 | Photobashing techniques | Continuing assignment from week 6 using Photoshop to create the final concept art
Method: 2D/3D paintings, final concept in Photoshop part 2 | Tips and tricks on how to create different versions of your concept | Using Photoshop to create the final concept art | Your finished piece!

Taking your skills to the next level

Luca Nemolato studied at the Artistic Lyceum of Naples, Italy in 2010 specializing in painting, sculpture and architecture he is a concept artist, art director, illustrator, 3D artist, CG modeler & texture artist who has worked on numerous titles such as Independence Day Resurgence, Hunger Games Mockingjay, Noah,Maleficent, Planet of the Apes and tv shows such as Falling Skies, Once Upon a Time, Pixels, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow, Maleficent, and X-Men: Days of Future Past


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Feb 11, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019




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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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