Instructor: Lars Grant-West
Difficulty: Beginner
Length: 11 weeks (11 classes = 33+ hours of class)
Delivery: Live, online, and fully-interactive
Class size: 5-12 students

This course establishes the foundation for character, creature and environment design. Your mentor will share the tools you need to accelerate as a concept designer. Each class consists of lectures on technique, skill, critique, and demonstrations. Outside of the live class, students will advance their skills and comprehension by way of hands-on assignments and access to a variety of insightful documents. In addition, this course features two industry-acclaimed concept artists as guest speakers.

⚡ Value & color
⚡ Line sketching
⚡ Character design
⚡ Creature design
⚡ Shape design
⚡ Thumbnails

⚡ Color design
⚡ Silhouette
⚡ Environment design
⚡ Composition
⚡ Overcoming obstacles
⚡ Rendering

⬇️ Class 1: Character Design

Review:
Course overview student portfolio reviews Identify strengths and weaknesses Drawing from memory, life and photography
Assignment #1:
Character design of student choice

⬇️ Class 2: Character Design cont.

Review:
Assignment 1 critique
Topics:
Intro to character design Industry examples Instructor demonstration
Assignment #2:
Character Design Phase 1

⬇️ Class 3: Character Design cont.

Review:
Assignment #2
Topics:
Critique building a character base form Using reference Silhouette and detail Instructor demonstration
Assignment #3:
Character Design Phase 2

⬇️ Class 4: Guest Speaker

Review:
Assignment #3
Topic:
Guest speaker lecture and/or demonstration, recap of Assignment #3
Assignment #3.5:
Character Variants

⬇️ Class 5: Character Design cont.

Review:
Critique Assignment #3.5
Topics:
Finalizing shape & color demonstration design detailsrendering value controlcolor control
Assignment #4:
Character Design Phase 3, relative to class demonstration

⬇️ Class 6: Creature Design

Review:
Critique Assignment #4
Topics:
Industry examplesDesign & visual goals, demonstration, line sketching, value thumbnails
Assignment #5:
Creature Design Phase One

⬇️ Class 7: Creature Design cont.

Review:
Critique Assignment #5
Topics:
Defining shape, value, and color, design and rendering details, value and color control
Assignment #6:
Creature Design Phase Two

⬇️ Week 8: Guest Speaker

Review:
Guest speaker lecture and/or demonstration, recap of Assignment #6
Assignment #6.5:
Creature Design Variants

⬇️ Week 9: Environment Design

Review:
Critique Assignment #6.5
Topics:
Introduction to environment design, discussion & presentation, industry examples, showcase of compositional rules
Demonstration:
Composition, shape/line, value/light, and thumbnails
Assignment #7:
Environment Design Phase 1, relative to class demonstration

⬇️ Week 10: Environment Design cont.

Review:
Critique Assignment #7
Topics:
Design selection details, rendering value, color control, tools, and tips
Assignment #8:
Environment design phase 2

⬇️ Week 11: Environment Design cont.

Review:
Critique Assignment #8
Topics:
One-on-one assignment paint-overs identifying problems, overcoming obstacles,defining shape, value, and colors (continued)

Instructor

⬇️ Lars Grant-West

Lars Grant-West has produced interior illustrations for role-playing game books since 2000.

Much of his work has appeared in Dungeons & Dragons books in the game's third edition, such as the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Psionics Handbook, Faiths and Pantheons, Epic Level Handbook, Monster Manual II, Deities and Demigods, Book of Vile Darkness, Fiend Folio, and Draconomicon.

Grant-West has also illustrated books for the Obsidian RPG, as well as other d20 System games. Grant-West also illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. He has also worked on special projects for the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.

Guest Speakers

⬇️ Jay Machado

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Jay Machado is a 3D modeler/texture artist working in the film, advertising and video game industry. His body of work includes music videos and commercials, a AAA game, amusement park rides and feature films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight. Jay currently works at Disney/Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic as a Model Supervisor on Disney +'s The Mandalorian, but is also interested in physically based rendering, VR, game development and 3D printing outside of work.

⬇️ Romell Chopraa