The Art Of Color And Light | CG Master Academy

The Art Of Color And Light

An 8-week course developing an eye for color and studying fundamental color theory knowledge

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Use color and light to convey mood & story

The Art of Color and Light is an exploration in the properties of color and light under a variety of conditions. This is an essential stage in concept art that develops mood and communicates the narrative of the story by means of visual cues. (Course outline for each instructor may be different; for specific outline information, please select the instructor and click on "Request Syllabus" below.)


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent), Wacom tablet or equivalent
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Good drawing foundations and Digital Painting course

The Art Of Color And Light WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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An in-depth look at how values can be arranged to form the DNA of a picture | Various methods of designing and composing within a frame | How to reduce any subject matter to simple, abstract shapes and patterns | What good shapes are, and how to evaluate and design them on your own
The next step of value use: using it to indicate light and form | A thorough look at light and shadow and how they act in families | A simple system for reducing values into a usable system | The various properties of light hitting form: light, shadow, halftones, highlights, reflected light, & dark accents | How edges work and how to manipulate them | How light works on both the portrait and the landscape | A further breakdown of the power of simple shapes
Nature's color theory: warm vs. cool (the color theory that unifies every good painting) | An introduction to how color temperature works and how colors work in relation to each other | An in depth look into the concept of grays and subtle color modulations | How to achieve color harmony in any palette | The basic temperatures and properties of common light sources in nature
A look at commonly used palettes: how & why they are effective | How to design your own palette | A further look at warm vs. cool color temperatures working together | A breakdown of how atmospheric perspective works—and how to paint it | Introduction to color keys: what they are and why they are critical in the art production industry | How to approach painting light simply and directly in a color key | Studies of effective film color key art
How to combine all the lessons so far into planning an effective image | Ranges of contrast: high contrast, low contrast, and a variety of value-accents | Different lighting effects used in cinema and photography to create mood and message | Various compositions and methods of visual storytelling through looking at modern production art
Six painting demonstrations | Sketchbook study from life using watercolor & gouache | Watercolor plein air painting | Painting a conceptual landscape directly and solving problems as they arise | Executing a more planned illustration | Local color and how it factors into the light colors that influence it | Dealing with multiple light sources
The effect of light on different materials (shiny, matte, translucent, hair, glass, subsurface scattering) | Comprehensive breakdown of materials used in master paintings | How materials can be indicated rather than rendered | How to use Photoshop's toolsets for organic, traditional-looking, painterly effects | How to make your own custom brushes | A further look at edges and the wide variety of ways to create them | How to find your voice as an artist
Light falloff: how it affects both light and color | Getting even more out of your palette | Looking at a different way of studying from the masters | A method of using layers in Photoshop to produce tighter, more graphic paintings | How great paintings combine the painting fundamentals and an abstract sense of individualized expression

Bringing out the best in talent

Chris Brock
Iris Muddy


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Feb 8, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021




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

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