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Fundamentals of Environment Design

An 8-week course developing fundamental skills used to create appealing environment design for films, games, animation, and illustration

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop or Painter, Wacom tablet (or equivalent)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Digital Painting and Environment Sketching or good drawing and digital painting foundations
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop or Painter, Wacom tablet (or equivalent)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Digital Painting and Environment Sketching or good drawing and digital painting foundations
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop or Painter, Wacom tablet (or equivalent)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Digital Painting and Environment Sketching or good drawing and digital painting foundations
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Introduction to Photoshop, Brushes & Tools

Here we will take a comprehensive look at the process in which students will paint environments. We will go over the start of designing environments, and we will study fundamental tools and theories in order to create compelling environments. From there, we will establish a process that is comfortable for you and discuss how to think critically when encountering problems.

Week 2 | Graphic Reads and Design Principles

Because environments can naturally be complicated, it is important that our environments read well graphically. We’ll talk about what makes a good graphical image as well as some basic design principles we can use to make our environments interesting. This will include topics like: composition, keeping things in “3’s,” as well as learning to analyze the masters.

Week 3 | Learning Some Fundamentals

Keep things simple in the beginning! We will discuss some terminology when it comes to environments and build more on design principles, review some perspective terms, and also discuss camera basics. We will then walk through some of the basic steps to create an environment.

Week 4 | Shape Language

We will discuss ways to improve our visual library, which will be important for us in terms of coming up with creative ideas. We will also discuss line, shape, and form. With these three tools, we will be able to create anything in our environments.

Week 5 | Values

Values can be one of the most powerful tools in terms of creating environments and digital paintings. Here we will discuss some lighting terminology to better understand how we can apply them to environments, and we will also discuss some of my favorite go-to brushes and lighting types to use when painting.

Week 6 | Color & Light

Color can be very intimidating but learning how to simplify our color choices is key to making it work. We will break down color into my 4 favorite categories and talk about some of my favorite ways to practice color. We will talk about using photography and how it can be a powerful tool to help us understand color. In addition, we will take a look at some old masters to help give us some guidance for ways we can approach using color.

Week 7 | Creating Form

Now that we will have covered a lot of the basic tools for creating environments, we can now discuss how we balance all the tools at once to paint with more confidence. We will discuss the theory of additive/subtractive painting, painting in a XYZ coordinates system, and ways to add some texture to our paintings.

Week 8 | Let's Just Paint

You now have all the tools to create an environment painting, so now let’s just have fun and paint! Our goal here is take whatever idea we may have in our mind and communicate it effectively on the digital canvas.

Fundamentals of Environment Design
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Take your skills to the next level

Kalen Chock
Michael Morris

Kalen Chock is a Visual Development Artist currently living in the Bay Area. He has always had a strong passion for art and enjoys any means of creative expression. Kalen's client list includes: Industrial Light and Magic, Autodesk, Ember Lab, Fantasy Flight, and Virtual Toys in Madrid. Currently Kalen is working on his own tactical RPG with Coda Games that will be released on Steam and PS4. When he is not working he enjoys all things active including soccer, basketball, and dancing.

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Michael is currently working as a Matte Painter/Set Extension Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studio. Originally born and raised in Seattle, he moved to the greater Los Angeles area and began his career at DNEG LA. In the past few years he has worked as a concept artist/matte painter for numerous clients including, The Jim Henson Company, Silver Pictures, HBO, among others.

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Blake Wood

Helped me gain confidence in just being able to tackle environments in the first place. Was really helpful!

Nick Fernandez

Perspective and composition were a tremendous help, as well as simplifying complicated shapes to make them look believable.

Heida Rafnsdottir

It helped immensely with advancing my foundational techniques for creating environments. I am already implementing what I’ve learned in my work and ongoing studies.

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