Course overview Course overview
Create visually striking, story-based images
This class will cover the fundamental principles used to create visually striking images as applied to illustration, film, games, animation, and publishing. The class will first begin by exploring how composition functions as a visual design language across a 2-dimensional surface by covering concepts like mass, proportion, movement, and symmetry. These concepts will then be studied as they relate to illustration and entertainment-based mediums in the form of focal point, rhythm, depth, camera, space, and more. Clear visual communication will also be emphasized with regard to how the basic principles help communicate a compelling story/idea. Students will refine their understanding of composition through assignments that include graphic studies, thumbnail sketches, background/layout design, and story-based drawings.
Environment design WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
The more you know, the better.
Unleashing your creative potential
Lectures by Mauricio Abril
Once upon a time Mauricio graduated from UCLA with a degree in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, but he learned a little too late that it didn’t fit him as well as he had hoped. Eventually Mauricio found another career at the Art Center College of Design in Entertainment Design. Mauricio has been working as an Art Director/Concept Artist for various entertainment companies, most notably The Walt Disney Company, as well as a part time instructor at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. He's currently an Art Director at BRC Imagination Arts where he works on multiple experiential entertainment projects.
The Art of Composition Student gallery
August 6th - October 22nd
fall TERM Registration
Sebastian Posada / Winter 2017
Mauricio is awesome! :)
James Pickard / Winter 2017
Really good mentor ship and instruction from Mauricio.
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