Intro to Concept Art

Concept Art and Illustration > Intro to Concept Art

    Teacher Information

    Louis Sciannamblo is a freelance concept artist and game artist and former co-founder and Art Director of Rad Sandwich Studios. During his time at Rad Sandwich he worked on VR projects such as Poltergus as well as prototypes with Minority Media. In his freelance career, he has worked for a variety of clients such as Sauropod Games, Kitfox Games and Clever Endeavour Games on titles such as The Shrouded Isle, Moon Hunters and Castle Story.

    Course Outline

    Below is the general outline. The detailed 10 week course outline will be communicated to students at a later date.

    Part 1
    Gain expertise in design fundamentals and learn how to break down an image so you can study the value contrast and achieve the ideal colour balance. Understand the important role that research and reference play in the concept art process. Gain proficiency in effectively using research as way to gather inspiration while drawing.

    Part 2
    Become proficient in shape design and language so you can create multiple concepts with different personalities. Learn a powerful method of visual communication so you can effectively convey your ideas to your audience.

    Part 3
    Employ the iterative design process and all you’ve learned during the class to complete a final concept art project and portfolio piece you can be proud of!


    Sunday from 3 PM to 6 PM

    Date of first class: July 14th

    Duration: 10 weeks

    Language: English

    You can register at the bottom left of this page



    Do you want to become a concept artist but aren’t sure where to start? Do you wish to become proficient in the process used by concept artists to create breathtaking environments, magnificent creatures and compelling characters for your favourite games and movies? In this introductory course, you will practice your fundamentals, learn the basics of design, draw lots of varied concepts and become comfortable with all the steps involved in the concept art process - from initial conception to final concept.

    Concept artists need to be adept at researching ideas to create their own reference boards during the design process. During this course, you will learn how to effectively use research as a way to gather inspiration while working. You will become proficient in shape design and shape language, enabling you to effectively choose and use the precise shapes that best suit your concept. You will acquire the skills required to expertly communicate your ideas through sketches and to express the desired mood with your concepts. The concept art process involves several iterations and exploring multiple solutions before settling on the final output. You will gain expertise in creating multiple sketches and variations of your design in addition to learning the importance of achieving an ideal colour balance and value contrast so you can create visually stunning concepts.

    By the end of this course, you will have received the tools, techniques and knowledge required to create your own stunning concept art pieces from scratch. You will have a couple of new pieces for your portfolio as well as the ability and know how to create further amazing concept art.


    This class is for people with some experience in realistic style drawing and painting and some basic skill in Photoshop who want to learn from a master digital painter and become good at digital painting.

    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 or Intro to Digital Painting class and some intermediate level drawing classes such as Analytical Sketching. Our Digital Painting course is a recommended co-requisite for this class. 

    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). And you need to have some basic skills in Photoshop and be comfortable drawing and painting in Photoshop and know how to use layers and the basic tools (all things you can learn quickly with free tutorials online).

    Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher is bilingual and can explain concepts and give feedback in both languages).


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

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


    • Become proficient in a powerful method of visual communication so you can convey your ideas through your concepts in a compelling manner
    • Gain proficiency in shape design and language so you can easily create multiple concepts with differing personalities
    • Acquire expertise in all the steps in the concept art process so you can create visually stunning concept art pieces

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