Environment Design : Syn Studio Art School in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Environment Design

Concept Art and Illustration > Environment Design

    Teacher Information

    Anastasia Ovchinnikova completed her art education from the prestigious Krasnodar State University in Russia, where she later taught art. A concept artist and illustrator with over 10 years of industry experience, her credits include the Magic the Gathering, Star Wars, Warhammer 40,000 and Netrunner card games as well as the Legend of the Cryptids, Pearl’s Peril and Ex Gods video games among others.

    Course Outline

    In this class, students will have the opportunity to learn from an expert concept artist about refining techniques to create convincing and well-rendered environments.

    Week 1  Learn all about the interfaces: Thumbnailing in digital format and using digital tools for important composition and color planning.

    Week 2 and 3  Gain experience with brushes, textures, shapes and important Photoshop layer adjustments.

    Week 4  Landscape planning: all about achieving depth and mass while harmonizing foreground and background elements

    Week 5  Compelling techniques on re-lighting, finishing and filtering.

    Week 6  Cityscapes - learn the importance of using mass and shape to imply complexity

    Week 7  Create amazing atmosphere and haze without losing details.

    Week 8  Add final polish to your works and share invaluable insights and feedback.

    Schedule

    Monday from 6 PM to 9:45 PM

    Date of first class: July 10th

    Duration: *8 weeks

    *Please note this class is 8 weeks instead of 10 and is 3h and 45 minutes long 

    Language: English

    You can register at the bottom-left of this page.

    This Class is Full. Please email us at info@synstudio.ca to be added to the waitlist. 

    Description

    In this course, you will learn how to create stunning environment illustrations starting with the process of brainstorming and moving toward a finished image. Emphasis will be placed on strong compositions and tonal values, as well as dramatic lighting and depth.

    You will learn to find imaginative solutions to the challenges of solid picture making. The goal is to unlock the imagination and use the process of illustration to create fantastical worlds by combining right-brained thinking with time-tested painting techniques.

    You can also bring in your own illustrations for critique and draw-over correction. 

    Pre-requisite

    This class is for people with some experience in realistic style drawing and painting and basic skill in Photoshop. 

    You should have completed at least some intermediate level drawing and basic painting courses (or have equivalent experience in realistic style drawing and painting: use of proper perspective, proportions, shading and colour). If you do not have the required skill in drawing and painting, it is suggested that you take our Foundations of Painting class and Urban Sketching in Perspective.

    This is a class designed for people who have already taken our Digital Painting course or have equivalent experience (you are comfortable painting in Photoshop).

    You also need to have a laptop with Photoshop installed and a tablet sensitive to pen pressure (such as a Wacom tablet). Or you need a tablet-computer with Photoshop installed that is sensitive to pen pressure (such as the Cintiq Companion). 

    Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something)

    Registration

    This is one of our most popular classes and tends to fill up well before the deadline. $470  $430. 


    Info

    • Understand the best methods and techniques for designing landscapes and cityscapes
    • Learn to avoid the 3 critical mistakes which diminish the impact of your environment
    • Master the art of creating atmosphere and haze without losing details

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