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Intro to Concept Art

An essential 10 week course where you acquire expertise in all the steps required to create visually stunning concept art pieces

Teacher Artwork by Nicolas Gosselin

This class is full. More seats may become available this term or we may open a new section. You can also check out our Digital Painting and Constructive Figure Drawing classes.

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Teacher Artwork by Nicolas Gosselin

Intro to Concept Art

NEW format: Pre-recorded demos & live feedback

Intro to Digital Painting will be offered in a new format featuring both pre-recorded lessons and demos from your instructor as well as LIVE feedback sessions each week! 

Each pre-recorded lesson will be available one week before the live feedback session. You’ll be able to watch these at your own leisure and practice the skills and theory you learn from each video!  Then, once a week, you will join your instructor and up to 9 other students for live personalized feedback on your artwork.

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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 various iterations and become comfortable with all the steps involved in the concept art process - from initial idea 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.

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  • 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

Schedule

Note: This class will be offered online only

Recorded Class Release Date Section D and A - Starts: Tuesday, January 4th and will be released once a week every Tuesday

Live Feedback Session - Section D) Starts: Tuesday, January 11th and is once a week from 7 PM to 8 PM, Eastern Standard Time (EST or UTC-5h) - English - Nicolas Gosselin - This Section is Full

Live Feedback Session - Section A) Starts: Tuesday, January 11th and is once a week from 8 PM to 9 PM, Eastern Standard Time (EST or UTC-5h) - English - Nicolas Gosselin - This Section is Full

 

 

Recorded Class Release Date for Sections B and C - Starts: Sunday, January 9th and will be released once a week every Sunday

Live Feedback Session - Section B) Starts: Sunday, January 16th and is once a week from 5 PM to 6 PM, Eastern Standard Time (EST or UTC-5h) - English - Nicolas Gosselin - This Section is Full

Live Feedback Session - Section C) Starts: Sunday, January 16th and is once a week from 6 PM to 7 PM, Eastern Standard Time (EST or UTC-5h) - English - Nicolas Gosselin - This Section is Full

Duration: 10 weeks

If you are not able to make it to the live class (due to time zone differences) not to worry; the live feedback sessions will also be recorded, so you’ll be able to see what critiques you were given at a later time!

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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 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).

 

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

*Please note that this outline is from the last time we held this class and we may make some updates and improvements for the coming term.

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!

Check out the entire outline

Speak to an advisor

Feel free to send us an email at [email protected] or give us a call at 514-998-7625

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