Learn how to translate your ideas into physical reality.
Concept art can be defined as a form of illustration that is used to convey an idea before it is put into final production, although the skills learned can be used to produce finished art as well such as high end illustration and digital painting. It has application in film, game design, industrial design and other creative industries and can be used for anything from designing objects to developing characters, vehicles, scenes and environments.
Techniques covered in this course are conceptualising, sketching, building visual libraries, working in perspective, constructing basic anatomy and digital painting.
A large portion of the course is devoted to working in Photoshop and mastering digital painting techniques, from the fundamentals such as basic form construction and texturing to more complex ideas like working with color and light. Students will use graphic tablets to replicate class exercises driven by an experienced instructor in order to build up a solid set of fundamentals for more complex work. Students are then taught different workflows for completing concept art from start to finish including drawing based workflows and working with forms and silhouettes for speed.
This evening class is for the visually inclined. It is for anyone that would like to develop their visual awareness, imagination and upgrade their technical skills to help them visualise and render their ideas. It is for anyone that has marveled at digital art and now wants to take steps in creating their own.
Students should have working knowledge and understanding of the following:
- Basic Computer Skills for PC/Mac
- Adobe Photoshop Essential Skills
By the end of the course students will have usable knowledge of the following:
- Building visual libraries
- Working in perspective
- Basic anatomy construction
- Digital painting techniques
- Specialised industry tips and techniques
- Different workflows to create concept art
Pricing also available for customised, on-site and group training.
Duration: 5 weeks
- 2 October – 1 November 2017
17h30 – 20h30 Mon, Tues & Wed*
* Any class falling on a public holiday will be carried over to be held the next available Thursday evening (to be arranged between the lecturer and class).
Module 1 - Foundations
- Penmanship Exercises
- Perspective Fundamentals
- Sketching Freeform Perspective
Module 2 - Core Concepts
- Intro to Digital Painting
- Creating a Core Brush Set
- Basic Form Creation
- Simple Concept Art Workflow
- Simulating Textures and Materials
- Light Studies
- Working with Values
- Translating to Colour
- Working with Silhouettes
Module 3 - Advanced Techniques
- Painting in Colour
- Master Studies
- Analytical Studies
- Guest Speaker
What is the difference between your Part Time and your Full Time courses?
The Part Time courses are Modular Based, and run for 4-5 weeks each, with one project per module. The Full Time courses are made up of various modules that run for 3 – 8 weeks each with more than one project per module.
How do I know which one to choose?
The Full Time courses are geared towards students who wish to commit to a much longer and more involved course, with an aim to get a Higher Certificate and a Portfolio. The Part Time courses are excellent for those who wish to add new skills to their existing skills, i.e. a Print Designer who wants to learn Web Design skills. The Part Time courses are also often chosen by those who wish to prepare to do longer courses, or individuals whose companies need them to learn skills to apply within the workplace immediately.
Are there any discounts offered?
Yes! If you are a Friends of Design Full Time student you receive a 30% discount!
When do the courses run?
They run in the evenings, Mondays, Tuesday & Wednesdays from 17h30 – 20h30.
Does the module run more than once in the year?
Yes, this module runs three times a year.
What do we need to bring to the course?
• A 2B pencil and eraser. A clutch pencil with 2B lead is preferable. (Essential)
• A 30cm ruler. (Essential)
• An 120gsm A4 sketchpad or similar. Otherwise bond paper will be made available. (Optional)
• A flip file for storing sketches. (Optional)
• Drawing tablets. If you would like to bring your own drawing tablet and the model of tablet is not Wacom based, please bring software drivers for Mac to speed up installation and setting up. Friends of Design has tablets available for those not able to bring their in. (Optional)
Is there safe access & parking available?
Yes, you receive an electronic access tag upon enrolment & parking can be found in Bree Street.
Who are your trainers?
All trainers are freelancers in their industries, so bring this unbeatable experience into the classroom straight from the workplace. They are passionate about what they do and always ready to help.
Are there any projects and / or tests?
Yes, this module has a main practical assignment at the end to put all the skills learnt together. No formal tests or exams are held.
What do we receive at the end of the course?
You will receive an attendance certificate showing the Apple & Adobe logo as well as your details and the details of the course you completed.
COST P/P INCL VAT
- R6, 900.00
If you are a Friends of Design Full Time student, you will receive a 30% discount.
"Complete dedication and enthusiasm for the topic of Concept Art. Awesome research and sharing of knowledge."
"I really enjoyed the course and am excited to study further in this field. Let us know when there are follow up courses..."
"Great start to begin concept art, really opened my eyes to how objects are created using different values of grey. 10/10. Would recommend to others."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It has been such a significant experience for me because I have never been surrounded with so many people as excited about Concept Art as I am. I’d recommend this course to as many people as I can."
"A++ for Andrew being the most enthusiastic teacher and knowing his stuff."
"Most focused drawing/painting course I’ve been to, could feel myself improve. Loved it, you’re a brilliant lecturer."