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Environment Painting & Design

An 8-week course focused on creating stronger environment paintings based on a narrative of the student’s choice

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (any), 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:
Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Perspective, Environment Sketching, Fundamentals of Environment Design, Environment Sketching for Production, Fundamentals of Architecture Design, Environment Concept Design, OR advanced digital painting and environment design skills
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (any), 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:
Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Perspective, Environment Sketching, Fundamentals of Environment Design, Environment Sketching for Production, Fundamentals of Architecture Design, Environment Concept Design, OR advanced digital painting and environment design skills
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (any), 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:
Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Perspective, Environment Sketching, Fundamentals of Environment Design, Environment Sketching for Production, Fundamentals of Architecture Design, Environment Concept Design, OR advanced digital painting and environment design skills
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Introduction and Values

Introduction to the class | Importance of drawing, values, vs colors | What is a value? (Value scale, Values vs colors, Value relativity, describing form) | Show hi-key paintings and low key (show on value scale) | Show concept with few details but great values | Value design (master paintings example) | Demo 1: Value design study of master’s painting | Demo 2: Low Key Painting | Demo 3: High Key Painting | Demo 4: Paint mid-tones first then extremes

Week 2 | Composition

Classical rules of composition (theory) | Presentation of books | Master painting composition studies | Adding drama with cropping | Play with camera angle | Positive and negative shapes | Strong lines | Notion of contrast (shape, value, size etc) | Overlapping and tangents | Object/shape repetition in space | Demo 1: how to find interesting compositions with happy accidents | Demo 2: Refining a composition

Week 3 | Lighting

How light behaves | Vocabulary of lighting and analyzing lighting references | Value relationships in ambient light vs angle of the plane | Demo: Painting light on simple buildings

Week 4 | Color

Color wheel | Vocabulary | Harmony | Warm/Cool | Local color vs color of the light source | Demo: Paint simple colorful object with light & color, color & emotions | Presentation of my book “Art Fundamentals”

Week 5 | Color Techniques

Color corrections over B&W values | Glazing over B&W | Finalizing B&W sketch and how to color it with different techniques | Painting from a color reference

Week 6 | Interior Shot

Introduction about what the differences are from interior and an exterior shot | Demo: Painting (in color) an interior shot with at least 3 different light sources

Week 7 | Edges

What are edges in paintings? | The four different types of edges | Show examples in master paintings | Edges in shadows | Edges for shadow form vs edges for cast shadows | First: Demo with the study of a movie screenshot with only one opaque, hard edged brush. Second: Reworking the edges to get a final painting and realize the power of edges

Week 8 | Finalization of a Painting and Conclusion

Checklist (correct painting at the same time) | Demo: Blow up small part for details | Vary color temperatures and values for any plane | Add precision in form | Work on edges | How to get help from the use of photos.

Environment Painting & Design
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Taking your skills to the next level

Axel Sauerwald is a freelance concept artist and illustrator, currently living and working in Germany. While being a part of the team at Atomhawk Design in Newcastle he had the chance to contribute to games such as Mortal Kombat 11, Age of Empires 2:DE and various other unannounced projects, mainly creating character and costume designs, illustrations and marketing art.

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The Practice of Painting
The Practice of Painting
Painting With Passion: What It Takes to Transform a Blank Canvas
Painting With Passion: What It Takes to Transform a Blank Canvas
Mastering the Technique: A Visual Breakdown Into an Artist's Development
Mastering the Technique: A Visual Breakdown Into an Artist's Development
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Jul 26, 2021 - Oct 11, 2021
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Henri Woon-Am

Gilles provides very clear and helpful feedbacks, directly pointing out how and why your work should be changed, and how your art would be overall improved in the end. His expertise in environment painting, coupled with his professional but also laid-back behavior, makes the Q&As really enjoyable and informative.

Chris Lindstrom

Great instructor, provided lots of useful and clear feedback on assignments and very informative Q&As.

Peter Millar

Gilles was very professional and free with his knowledge.

Anna Orlova

Gilles is a wonderful instructor and artist.

Allan Boulogne

Gilles was a fantastic instructor and I’m really glad I got to have him as a mentor. He cares about the students, answered every question to the best of his ability at each Q&A. Awesome guy.

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Environment Painting & Design
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