Fantasy Environment Sketching

Concept Art and Illustration > Fantasy Environment Sketching

    Teacher Information

    Oleg Dergachov is an art director, fine artist, cartoonist, animator, and illustrator trained by the Ukrainian Academy. He has won over 85 international prizes and his work is displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tretyakov State Gallery in Moscow, the Cirque du Soleil collection as well as other prestigious art museums and public collection. He has taught for 16 years in prestigious universities, design schools and animation academies in 6 countries.

    Course Outline

    Week 1: Learn how to use basic shapes to create successful compositions.

    Week 2: Develop the skills required to combine simple forms into an interconnected world of visual rhythms so you can create a series of either dynamic or static environment sketches.

    Week 3: Become proficient in combining geometric solids to create complex objects then adding tone and detail so you can build up a world from scratch.

    Weeks 4 and 5: Understand how to use composition to convey a clear and attractive story so you can efficiently create your thumbnails and line sketches.

    Week 6: Gain proficiency in using key elements such as modules as well geometric, natural and organic forms so you can finetune your thought process and increase your ability to create multiple varied environment sketches.

    Week 7: Learn how to get inspired from sources you’ve never considered before so that you never get stuck in your work or have any trouble finding inspiration in the future.

    Week 8: Become proficient in placing elements and details effectively within an image so your environment sketch has a strong readability factor and a high visual appeal.

    Week 9: Understand all the different points of view while creating sketches so you can effectively highlight the best aspects of your environment.

    Week 10: Apply all that you have learned in the class to quickly create a fantastic looking environment sketch that is ready to be developed into concept art.



    Saturdays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Date of first class: January 19th

    Duration: 10 weeks

    Language: English

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


    Do you possess basic sketching skills but run into trouble when designing environment pieces from imagination? Would you like to learn the most effective methods for bringing your ideas to life without losing anything in translation? To become a successful concept artist, you must first become proficient at quickly sketching out your concepts.

    This fantasy environment course teaches you the fundamentals of sketching environment concepts from imagination. You will learn to successfully build compositions from simple shapes and become proficient in creatively combining these shapes to create original environment sketches. You will develop the skills required to clearly convey a story through your sketches and incorporate key elements such as modules as well as geometric and organic forms in your workflow. When sketching from imagination, artists often find themselves lacking inspiration during their working process. Throughout this course, you will learn how to overcome this and find new sources of inspiration to maximize your creative output. You will understand how to effectively place key elements within your sketch, in addition to becoming proficient sketching in multiple perspectives.

    By the end of this course, you will have all the skills necessary to create inspired and original environment sketches from imagination. Your understanding of forms, values and composition will have reached a new level, enabling you to create sketches that can be readily translated into production ready concept art.


    You should have completed at least some intermediate level drawing class like Analytical Sketching (or have equivalent experience in realistic style drawing and painting: use of proper perspective, proportions, shading and colour).

    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).


    This class, offered again due to popular demand, is expected to fill up quickly. $470. $430.

    Late registration still available for this class if there is a "Register Now" button below.


    • Gain constructive sketching techniques, essential for all concept artists, so you can quickly create fantasy environments from imagination.
    • Become proficient in the skills that will help you highlight the best aspects of your sketches and create a high visual appeal.
    • Learn how to look for inspiration from unlikely sources and never again encounter artist’s block.

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