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Fundamentals of Design

An 8-week course focused on the elements of design and developing strong technical skills along with an eye for successful design

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), 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:
Perspective (recommended); Dynamic Sketching 2
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), 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:
Perspective (recommended); Dynamic Sketching 2
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), 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:
Perspective (recommended); Dynamic Sketching 2
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | The Design Process

A look at the design process, thinking forms and function. We look at how unity binds and holds a cohesive design together. The demonstration and assignment involves deconstructing the complex and building from simplification.

Week 2 | Shape Design

Apply labels and defining design parameters, then use such labels to design basic props, applying the additive and subtractive transformations. These all tie into the core concepts of shape design. The demonstration and assignment covers shape design from cues students will be tasked with creating 3 pages of designs using based off primitive shapes.

Week 3 | Research and Reference

Focuses on the importance of research and reference. The design principles discussed are scale and proportion. The demonstration starts our course-long discussion of selecting a mini project and designing a building exterior for our story.

Week 4 | Style Guides: Foliage Design

Shapes are brought up again in a lecture on style and designing guides to work with our selected project. Then we look at balance and rhythm and how these elements are tools to arrange compositions and sequences. For the demonstration and assignment proportion we will look at creating props for our environment world from week 3.

Week 5 | Developing Strong Design

The key principle examined is emphasis and focal points. How to make our designs stand out and “pop!” and what questions should we consider asking ourselves to design scenes that have narrative in their structures. The demonstration portion shows creating a scene from multiple design references in addition to utilizing our style guides.

Week 6 | Lighting for Narrative

Illusion of space is explored as well as the techniques used for balanced lighting on narrative designs. Devices for depth are explored in a lecture showcases the different tonal keys through examples of movie stills and master paintings. The demonstration and assignment portion cover mid-range tonal paintings and pushing for specific narratives.

Week 7 | Sketching for Production: Interiors

Mind mapping: creating an organized list of items based on function and story cues for design details. Pattern and texture and then examined in bringing our details to life. The demonstration and assignment video shows student’s techniques utilized sketching for production as we design an interior setting to our world.

Week 8 | Line & Shape: Prop & Vehicle Design

After a brief recap, this week will focus on vehicle and prop design. We will apply all techniques from last weeks to build strong shapes, silhouettes, proportion, curves, line, horizontal vs vertical precision vs spontaneity, contour vs gesture lines into your designs.

Fundamentals of Design
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Instructor

Unleashing your creativity

Tyler Edlin
Anastasia Shiyankova

Tyler Edlin is traditionally trained with a Bachelor of fine arts and certificate of illustration from The Art institute of Boston. Notably he has worked many indie projects like Fall From Heaven and the Therion Saga to the larger productions of Tinkerbells Fairies from Disney Interactive and Chivalry: Medieval Warefare from TornBanner studios. Tyler has worked with studios including Disney Interactive, Hitpoint Studios, Studio Virty's, Fantasy Flight, Paizo Publishing, StarDock Industries, Tornbanner Studios, and Activision.

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Anastasia is a freelance concept artist and illustrator passionate about environments, colour and light. During her career she has created art for computer games, projection mapping shows and animation, and is currently working as a DMP Artist at Axis Studios, and as an illustrator at Volta. She has also been working as a fundamentals teacher and a mentor alongside her professional freelance work.

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David Fortin

Amazing teacher. Loved the class. The content was impressive. He worked really hard to give this class and I appreciated my experience.

Xuan-Xabier Huynh

Tyler showed genuine interest in the student’s work during the feedback and Q&As: he always goes the extra mile to help us with long and detailed critiques, making sure to address all of our points. The lectures were very informative and presented the class materials well.

Natalia Mishchenko

Great course! Learned so much. And Tyler is an amazing instructor, always trying to help in any way possible.

Joshua Moya

Tyler did a fantastic job breaking down the elements of design very clearly.

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