A 10-week-course where you learn fundamental environment sketching skills required to create professional-level artwork
Teacher Artwork by Nicolas Vallet
Do you possess basic skills in perspective drawing and want to be able to create stunning environment art? Top concept artists and illustrators possess a good understanding of architectural styles, composition, and design language. In addition, they have cultivated a vast visual memory and reference library for interesting flora, architectural, geographic and interior design elements. In this 10-week course, taught by a veteran environment designer, you will build up these essential environment art fundamentals as you progress along the path of becoming a professional level concept artist or illustrator.
This course features demonstrations, homework assignments and one-on-one feedback aimed at enhancing your observation, perspective and composition skills as well as expanding your architectural knowledge, visual memory and reference library. You will strengthen your composition skills so you can produce captivating environment sketches that draw the viewer in and lead their eye to the compositional focal points of your choice. You will understand how to effectively place key elements within your sketch and learn how to select the best viewpoint to showcase desired mood of your artwork.
In addition, you will become skilled in analyzing a variety of complex structures and architectural styles and authentically depicting depth and scale so you can sketch realistic urban and interior scenes. Finally, you will gain proficiency in measuring angles and depicting flora and other elements of the natural world so you can accurately sketch a variety of visually appealing landscapes.
By the end of this course, you will have all the skills necessary to accurately sketch environments and you will have taken a giant step on the path to attaining professional level results. You will be able to produce environment concepts and illustrations that are well composed with accurate perspective and realistic features. Furthermore, this investment in your art fundamentals will take your observational and analytical skills skills to the next level. You will have gained new high quality portfolio pieces and what’s more, you will be much closer to creating production ready concept art and jaw-dropping, highly immersive environment illustration.
- Course Type Concept Art and Illustration Classes
- Duration 10 weeks
Level 2Level 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
Note: This class will be offered online only
Class Timings: Tuesdays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h)
Date of first class: April 6th
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.
You should have completed Intro to Digital Painting, Analytical sketching, Fundamentals of Perspective, (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.
*Note that the students at Syn Studio are mostly all adults and you should be 16 years or older to take any classes here.
You will be needing a sketchbook and pen/pencil for this course. You also have the option of using a laptop/tablet or desktop computer. Coursework may be done traditionally (with sketchbook, pens, etc.) or digitally (with a Wacom tablet, Photoshop, etc.)
Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes
- 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.
*This course outline is currently being updated and a new, more detailed outline will be sent to students before the start of the course.
During this 10 week course, the instructor will use a variety of in class exercises, assignments, and demonstrations aimed at boosting your observation, composition and analytical skills and enhancing your visual memory so you can quickly sketch environment concepts from reference and imagination.
The following topics will be covered:
- Become proficient in effectively composing an image so you can produce captivating environment sketches that draw the viewer in and direct them to the compositional focal points of your choice.
- Gain proficiency in analyzing a variety of complex structures and architectural styles and learn how to authentically depict depth and scale so you can sketch realistic urban and interior scenes.
- Gain the skills required to accurately depict flora and other elements of the natural world so you can accurately sketch a variety of visually appealing landscapes.
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