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Concept Art
Program

Live & Online Mentorship
Taught by Working Pros

Classes Start Feb. 2, 2019.

 

Wesley Burt, Passage Guest Speaker

 

Now Enrolling

The Concept Art Program consists of 4 online mentorship courses. Each course builds upon the information taught by the previous course and mentor. Students do not have to commit to more than one course at a time. Classes are small and the learning experience is custom-tailored. Beginner artists are encouraged to take our Foundations course before attending this program.

 
 
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CONCEPT ART 101

 Process: Skill & Craft 

Michael Bierek, Passage Mentor


Demos &
Lectures



Assignments
& Critiques



11
classes


Process: Skill & Craft lays the foundations for making industry standard pictures. This 11-weeklong workshop will equip you with the toolkit and language needed to develop a story. The mentor your are assigned offers strategies to simplify the complexities of making effective and artful designs. You will learn and apply the skills you need to visually communicate and idea or narrative. 

  • Design & Function: Awareness and defining purpose of design and function. What is the purpose of you making this image?

  • Methods: Toolsets and approach, development of skill, technical facilitation.

  • Shape, Value and Ratio: Meaning, juxtaposition, and harmony.

  • Drawing: Working and creating images from memory, life and reference.

  • Composition: Developing images with shape design & picture construction.

  • Iteration: How an image or narrative is delivered, paced, and/or how it moves.

  • Understanding Color: Establishing mood and emotion with color.

  • Observation and Whimsy: Establishing what is literal and what is imaginative.

  • Two Guest Speakers: Two guest speakers will present to all groups during Installment 1.

 

 

MENTOR: Michael Bierek

Michael provides concepts, storyboards, and marketing illustrations for a wide range of clients. Michael is responsible for designing many of todays most iconic characters and environments in the entertainment and gaming industry. Noteworthy projects by Michael include Transformers 2, FallOut: New Vegas, Lord of the Rings RPG, InFamous 2, LA Times, Risk: Revolutions, Game Informer, Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2, Darksiders, Wizards of the Coast, and many more.

Guest Speakers:

Wesley Burt
Vanesa R. Del Rey

Schedule: 
11 Classes, 3 hours each

Pre-requisite:
Foundations or some experience.

Medium:
Digital

Delivery: 
Online: live & recorded access

Size:
5-12
Students

Cost:
$1350 or $270 Payment Plan

 
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CONCEPT ART 102

 Ideation & Visual Storytelling 

Michael Bierek, Passage Mentor


Demos &
Lectures



Assignments
& Critiques



11
classes


This course is all about identifying your world and the story you want to tell. Students use their acquired skills to further develop their skills through rigorous study and exercises focused on the career path of their choice. This is where you put your world building to work. This course is heavily focused on storytelling. Students delve into problem solving, identifying solutions, developing character, environment mood and emotion. The focus of installment Ideation & Visual Storytelling is identifying a good narrative and how you craft a compelling story. 

  • Lighting: Identifying and using light

  • Color: Identifying and applying color

  • Story: Understanding the narrative.

  • Creating a narrative

  • Production: Perfecting your craft. Practice Makes Perfect.

  • Pipeline: Interpretation and communication under a deadline. This includes understanding workflow, production process, and delivery.

  • Inductive/Deductive Reasoning: Breaking down simple and complex tasks, understanding the assignment and developing a solution.

  • Atmosphere: Creating mood and emotion

MENTOR: Michael Bierek

Guest Speakers:

Wesley Burt
Vanesa R. Del Rey

Schedule: 
11 Classes, 3 hours each

Pre-requisites:
Process: Skill & Craft

Medium:
Digital

Delivery:
Online: live & recorded access

Size:
5-12 Students

Cost:
$1350 or $270 Payment Plan

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CONCEPT ART 103

 Portfolio Development 


Demos &
Lectures



Assignments
& Portfolio Reviews



11
classes


Portfolio development prepares students for the industry. This class applies all of the lessons, information, and tools explored in the two previous workshops towards entering the industry. This immersive chapter of the program is intensively hands-on and all students in attendance will develop a complete working portfolio. During this workshop, your mentor advises you as you prepare a portfolio that will apply to the industries you plan to pursue. Industry information will be  delivered through several guest art directors, critiques, and entrepreneurial guidance from seasoned artists. Two high-profile guest lecturers will present during this installment.
 

  • Rendering Techniques: Adding and subtracting detail. final execution of an image to product ready.

  • Immediate Career Focus: Acknowledging weaknesses, developing strengths

  • Portfolio completion - You will develop a working portfolio to present to potential clients and companies.

  • Portfolio Development: making industry standard pictures.

  • Presentation to client: You will learn the proper etiquette and approach to presenting your work to a client.

  • Self Branding: Aligning your social media, website and self promotional materials

  • Marketing: Direct mail, social media, networking with art directors, creative agencies, studios, and potential clients.

  • Final Image: How is your work going to be used by the client?

MENTOR: Michael Bierek

Guest Speakers:

Wesley Burt
Vanesa R. Del Rey

Schedule: 
11 classes, 3 hours each

Pre-requisites:
Ideation & Visual Storytelling

Medium:
Digital

Delivery:
Online: live & recorded access

Size: 
5-12 Students

Cost:
$1350 or $270 Payment Plan

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CONCEPT ART 104

 Career Development 

Michael Bierek

 

Career
Strategies

Portfolio
reviews

Repeatable
Installment

Career Development is designed as a repeatable course after completion. Students may take this course multiple times. Now that you have already established your Portfolio for the Entertainment & Game Arts industry, you're ready to apply everything you've learned towards a career. You can continue to hone your skills, sharpen your portfolio, and outline your career strategy and prepare to tackle the industry. In addition to sharpening your skills, you will establish your career goals and outline the necessary steps to succeed. Every step of this process will be guided by an illustration mentor, a highly vetted professional in the illustration industry. The mentor provides students with industry-relevant information for one of the fastest changing professions. This includes portfolio guidance, entrepreneurial counsel, and all the gritty aspects of running your own business and launching your career. 

  • Networking: Online self promotion and building professional relationships.

  • Marketing: Best methods to succeed with online, direct mail, and social marketing of your business.

  • Personalized: Lectures and demos are not repeated. This is all about your portfolio and development as an artist.

  • Establish Goals: Every student will develop a plan to tackle their career aspirations

  • Exit Portfolio: Assignments are developed into finished images

  • Identifying ambitions: Determine the clients, projects, and companies you want to work for as an illustrator.

  • Industry Perspective: Understanding visual arts industry and the best methods to pursue these opportunities.

 

MENTOR: Michael Bierek

Guest Speakers:

Wesley Burt
Vanesa R. Del Rey

Schedule: 
11 classes, 3 hours, On-demand access

Pre-requisites: 
Portfolio Development

Medium:
Digital

Delivery:
Online: live & recorded access

Size:
5-12
Students

Cost: 
$1350 or $270 Payment Plan