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Composition for Concept Art and Illustration

An 8-week course on the art of composition and how it evokes emotion to engage audiences

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (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:
Students should have a very good understanding of drawing fundamentals including but not limited to figures, environments, and general perspective
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (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:
Students should have a very good understanding of drawing fundamentals including but not limited to figures, environments, and general perspective
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (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:
Students should have a very good understanding of drawing fundamentals including but not limited to figures, environments, and general perspective
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Introduction / Composition as 2D Design

This class will define the “illustrator’s intent” as well as what is meant by composition using examples from throughout the world of art/photography/film and more. Composition will be formally introduced using abstract spatial principles & defining the need for visual context. It will also discuss the tools of visual language and how they form the basis for all composition.

Week 2 | Line vs Shape (Mass vs. Form)

This lecture will introduce the concept of Notan vs. Form and use examples from art history and film to explain how line and mass relate to the story message. It will also continue with the abstract spatial principles already introduced as they relate to line and shape.

Week 3 | Single Image Composition, Part 1

This lecture will introduce the topics of focal point, division of space, depth, rhythm, etc. as they relate to overall layout design which includes but is not limited to environment and background design.

Week 4 | Single Image Composition, Part 2

This lecture will take the previously discussed topics of focal point, division of space, depth, rhythm, etc., and apply them toward more advanced character-driven compositions that tell a story.

Week 5 | Composition with Value

This lecture will take the previously introduced value matrix and expand upon it by focusing on value as a design tool.

Week 6 | Lighting & Color

The topics of lighting and color will be discussed as additional visual tools in furthering the composition’s story message.

Week 7 | Film Conventions, Camera, and Perspective

Building on the concepts introduced so far this class will explore how different camera “lenses” can be used for different compositional goals. Perspective concepts will also be discussed as a visual tool for thumbnail exploration.

Week 8 | Composition for Sequential Illustration & Other Formats

This lecture will focus on composition as it relates to media not entirely dependent on a single image such as the graphic novel, children’s books, poster art, and other unconventional formats.

Composition for Concept Art and Illustration
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Mauricio was awesome! He really engaged with us and answered every question that was asked – pretty amazing!

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The instructor is clearly passionate about his profession and he demonstrated his enthusiasm throughout the assignments. He always managed to bring out the best points in any of the students’ work, improving them but preserving the student’s initial idea.

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I learned a lot more about composition, not just how to place elements on a page but also how to use colour and lighting to direct the eye.

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