Background Design - Landscapes and Environments
What you'll learn
- In this course, you will learn how to create concept art
- You'll learn to paint backgrounds for films, animation or games
- You'll learn about key principles of composition
- You'll also learn how to use tailored brush packs in Photoshop
- You'll learn creative painting techniques to make your art look powerful
- You'll learn how to do visual research and build up a reference library of images
- You'll create a fully finished, beautiful portfolio piece
- You should have a digital painting program or app
- You'll also need a drawing tablet - I explain where to get one and how to set it up
If you are interested in creating concept art for Film or Animation, then this course will not only teach you techniques for painting, but will also teach you the principles and theory of visual language.
In this class you’ll learn key, important principles for composition that are fundamental to background or concept art for film, games and animation.
You’re gong to learn how to create a visual sense of depth in your digital painting, as well as how to create a visual sense of story.
You’ll learn about Leading Lines, Contrast and the all-important Rule of Thirds
You’ll learn WHY the rule of thirds works, and you’ll understand that it has much more to do than just simply making a pleasing image.
You’ll learn how this RULE affects the work that professional concept artists create in the wider context of the animation production.
You’re also going to learn how to make visual research, how to collect and analyses images for a project, and then how to distill your own vision into a series of thumbnails on which to base your final project.
Then we’ll dive into the process of painting, and I’m going to walk you through step by step the exact process for a concept art painting.
Everything in this background is painted directly, with a brush stroke. This is an incredibly intuitive and powerful way of painting and I’m going to show you the exact techniques and thoroughly explain everything as I go.
By the end of the course you’ll have a fully realized and major portfolio piece. You’ll also have a clear understanding of how to generate any digital painting for film, because we will have demystified the process from start finish.
I’ve worked as a background artist on many games, animated tv shows and films, and I am passionate about sharing the skillset and knowledge that took me on my art journey. I really hope that this course will open the door for you o start your own art journey.
Thanks for checking this out, i hope you enroll and if you do I look forward to working with you.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner digital artists
- Anyone interested in learning concept art
- Animators and film makers
- Anyone interested in visualizing story ideas for a pitch or a portfolio
My background spans the disciplines of drawing, painting, filmmaking and animation. I studied Film in Dublin, and at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU in New York. I later studied drawing and animation. Since 2005, I have worked in studios in Vancouver and Dublin as a professional Background Designer and Environment Artist. I've also worked as a storyboard artist, concept artist, and I have directed a number of short animated films.
All in all, I've worked for over 15 years as an Artist, Illustrator and Animation Professional. I've provided artwork for studios whose clients include Disney UK, Sony Pictures Animation, HMH Publishing, to name a few.
I also have an ongoing painting and drawing practice, and I paint portraits on commission, and exhibit my work in galleries. My passion is to teach others the whole spectrum of art skills that I've learned and developed over the course of my career.