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Design Principles for Artists

Become well versed in the essential design principles necessary for all artists

Teacher Artwork by Antonio Rizzatti

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Teacher Artwork by Antonio Rizzatti

Design Principles for Artists

Being well versed in the principles of design is a key element in every artist's repertoire. Under the direction of your instructor Antonio Rizzatti, you will be presented with design rules and methods to empower you in your creative decisions.

 

Whether it be designing a simple prop, a complete character, vehicle or an environment, Antonio will guide you through the importance of iteration, composition, and style analysis. You will also be instructed on topics of narrative, gesture principle and value. By the end of this course, you will have gained the knowledge to apply crucial design principles to your work, influencing how it is effectively presented in your portfolio and making it more competitive and compelling for the industry.

  • Course Type Concept Art and Illustration Classes
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 2
    Level 2

    Second level classes are for students who have a good foundation in the basics of realistic drawing (such as perspective, proportion, shading and colour theory) and already know how to use Photoshop, but need more in-depth knowledge to create professional and complex artwork.

    This level is about expanding knowledge, strengthening skills, and transitioning to the world of concept art and illustration.

  • Language English

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Schedule

Note: This class will be offered online only

Class Timings: Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h)

Date of first class: January 12th

Duration: 10 weeks

If you are unable to attend the class during the times listed above, you will still have access to video recordings of the class lectures and will still receive personalized feedback from your instructor.

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Pre-Requisites

Skill requirements 

To enroll in this course you should have: 

If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact [email protected] for additional guidance.

 

Language and age requirements

You should have at least intermediate level English to take this class. Please also note that Syn Studio’s classes are targeted towards adults and students should be 16 years or older to enroll.

Required Materials

You will need a laptop or desktop computer with tablet sensitive to pen pressure that has Photoshop installed. Depending on the exercise, coursework may be done traditionally (with sketchbook, pens, markers, etc.) or digitally (with a Wacom tablet, Photoshop, etc.)

 

Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10

 

Syn Studio Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.
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Course Outline

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

*Please note that the following outline is subject to change slightly at the teacher's discretion.

Week 1 - Differences between Concept Art and Illustration and why Design principles are important.

  • Importance of the Iteration principle
  • Overview of the Design Principles - 80/20, framing.
  • Studies and exercises for the next week.
  • Research and Set-Dressing

 

Week 2 - Big, Medium and Small

  • Principles of large, medium and small and how to compose

details.

  • Reference research exercise and iterations with drawing and painting.
  • Shape Language - Examples of design exploration and composition.

 

Week 3 - Principle of echo and repetition in Design and Composition.

- How to use lines and assets in a scene to guide the player's or spectator's eye: researching movie frames and game scenes to analyze echo, repetition and gesture principle.

 

Week 4 - Gesture principle: How to create and observe fluidity in designs, assets and

scenery compositions.

 

Week 5 - Style analysis: What to observe about visual language and how to keep the

visual cohesion in the construction of a single asset and in the creation of different universes in games.

 

Week 6 - Idealizing a project with narrative: exercise of assembling

reference boards in pureref or preferred software, collecting images from Google, books,

Pinterest, Shutterstock, shotdeck and 3d asset libraries

 

Week 7 - Values and Contrast.

  • Tone value in assets and scene compositions: how to group shots of the

image to give greater importance to the focal point: frame analysis exercise and game screenshots studies.

 

Week 8 - Painting for Concept Art: Painting style analysis, rendering and

Photobashing (Match Color and selection other selection techniques, observing exaggeration or simplification of color palettes in various paintings, movies and games.

 

Week 9 - Composition and design refinement 

  • Wrapping up and presenting a project.

 

Week 10 - The Concept Art and Illustration market, final feedback and conclusion.

  • Presenting your work on your portfolio.
  • How to apply for different studios and prepare for art tests.
  • What to study next.

 

 

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