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The Art Of Color And Light

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

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), Wacom tablet or equivalent
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Good drawing foundations and Digital Painting course
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), Wacom tablet or equivalent
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Good drawing foundations and Digital Painting course
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), Wacom tablet or equivalent
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Good drawing foundations and Digital Painting course
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | The Importance of Values, Part 1: Designing a Picture

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

Week 2 | The Importance of Values, Part 2: Painting Form

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

Week 3 | Color Temperature

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

Week 4 | Color Keys

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

Week 5 | Concept Art, Part 1: Planning

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

Week 6 | Concept Art, Part 2: Planning

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

Week 7 | Materials & Mark-Making

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

Week 8 | Master Study (with a Twist)

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

The Art Of Color And Light
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

Chris Brock
TBA

Chris Brock is an art director at DreamWorks Animation and is currently working on "Boss Baby 2". Prior to that he worked as a visual development artist on "Abominable”. Since 2006, Chris has been instrumental in the design and look of many of DreamWorks films such as Kung Fu Panda films 1,2 and 3, Boss Baby, Monsters Vs. Aliens, and Flushed Away. Prior to that Chris worked as a Background Painter on many other projects at Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks and Disneytoon Studios including, "The Iron Giant", "Samurai Jack", "The Road to El Dorado and "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas". Chris studied Illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

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Allan Boulogne

AMAZING instructor. Amazing class. After two years at some art college, he taught me more than I ever would have in the other college. You guys honestly have a keeper here. Best instructor for color and light I’ve had. He knows his stuff!

Nora Garcia

Chris Brock has been an outstanding teacher, providing great feedback and always answering emails or forum threads with helpful information.

Eric Greenberg

It really opened my eyes to how cool and warm light interact. The final week had excellent advice on how to continue studying. Overall, this was an excellent class that was worth every penny.

Lisa Wen

The course forced me to do studies, which helped in every way! I also learned a lot about color theory!

Dean Jones

A deeper understanding for the physics of light and colour and increased perception of nuances of colour and image design

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