3D Art for 2D Artists | CG Master Academy


3D for 2D Artists

A 10-week course where students will learn to integrate easy 3D techniques into their 2D concept artwork using Blender

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Take your art to the next dimension

This class will help students understand how powerful 3D is and how to take advantage of different techniques to translate 2D skills into full 3D scenes. Students will render multiple scenes while learning to incorporate 3D techniques into their concept art workflows. Initially the course will focus on the essential 3D tools to quickly generate great 3D base images that can be presented as blockouts ready to be polished in a painting software like Photoshop. As the course progresses, students will start working with more complex organic scenes. Finally, students will create an entire environment based on their own 2D drawing or sketch, getting multiple shots to tell a story. The course will also demonstrate why 3D workflows require knowledge of 2D composition and color to have a professional piece. This course uses Blender for the 3D techniques, but the skills and workflows demonstrated can be adapted for other 3D software packages. (Course outline for each instructor may be different; for specific outline information, please select the instructor and click on "Request Syllabus" below.)


Course Format:   Live
Lecture Type:   Live
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   10 Weeks
Assignment:   Deadlines each week
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Blender 2.82 | Photoshop
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Proficiency in digital painting, drawing, and composition. Recommended Courses: Digital Painting, Composition for Concept Art and Illustration, Fundamentals of Environment Design

3D for 2D Artists WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Introduction | Why 3D? | Blender Interface/Navigation | Addons | Transformations | Primitives | Origins | Viewport Rendering
Edit Mode | Common Problems | Modifiers | Collections | Parenting | Link Elements
2D Thumbnails | How to use Curves | Edit Curves | Screw Modifier | Grease Pencil
Intro to Materials | Where to find Materials | Where to find 3D Models | Edit and clean downloaded Models | Intro to Characters
Intro to Sculpting | Characters | Daz / MB-Lab
Material Slots | Scattering Objects | Weight Paint | Purge All / Optimizing Scene
3D Kitbashing | Cloth Simulation | Rendering Passes | Photobash
Render Passes | Startup File | Rendering Multiple Cameras | Shadow Catcher | Projection Modeling | Overview of other software and their application in Concept Art: Zbrush, Giga Pixel, Denoise, Bitmap2Material
Finishing and polishing final artwork

It’s dangerous to go alone, take this!

Sergio Castaneda
Ricardo Guimaraes


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Feb 8, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021




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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

environment design Benefits


What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

Flexible Learning

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

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