Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"ZBrush for Concept Design" with Ben Mauro this Friday & Saturday~!!!

Hi Everyone,

Ben Mauro's "Zbrush for Concept Design" 2 day workshop is coming up this Friday and Saturday~!!

In this workshop, Ben will be covering his workflow and design techniques for both hard surface robotic designs and environments through the use of Zbrush & Photoshop.

If you like Ben's concepts from "Elysium" & "The Hobbit", make sure to sign up and check out some of the behind the scene artworks as he shares his design development process from past projects.

Spaces are limited, so sign up soon~!!!

For more of Ben's artworks, check out his website at:

Hope to see you this weekend :)

*** Update - Here are some sneak peak of the reference images and design premise that is going to be used for the demo this Friday:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

"Gehenna" Kickstarter~!!

A fan of horror films? Come check out Hiroshi Katagiri's new film project, "Gehenna"~!!
Hiroshi is a great horror storyteller and a very experienced special effect artist. The practical effects in this film will be done by Spectral Motion, the studio responsible for "Hellboy 1 & 2".

This is really a labor of love and let's help make this movie happen. Thanks for your time~!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Costume Design & Illustration" book pre-order at Amazon~!!

Last year, several of CDA instructors was invited to be a part of a Design Studio Press book featuring character designers and costume illustrators currently working in the game and film industry.

The book features many artists including Carlo Arellano, Anthony Francisco, Kevin Chen, Jerad Marantz, Constantine Sekeris, Paul Christopher, Phillip Boutte JR., Keith Christensen, Nevile Page, Scott Robertson, Gloria Shin, Christian Cordella, and Alan Villanueva.

Now, the book is scheduled to be released on July 15th and available for pre-order at

If you like character design, make sure to check it out :)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Last Call for Summer Enrollment ~!!

Last call for enrollment for the Summer term~!!

We added one more "Environment Design" class with James Paick on Thursday night, starting on June 12th along with many great classes

- Environment Design with James Paick (Thursday) 
- Environment Design with Bruno Werneck
- Intro to Story Development with Louie del Carmen 
- Costume & Creature Design with Jerad Marantz 
- Intro to Animation with James Lopez
etc. etc....

Make sure to check them out and sign up soon before the semester starts this weekend.

To sign up, visit our enrollment website at:

Thanks for your time~!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

"Intro to Entertainment Design" with Peter Han project announced~!!

This is the last week to sign up for "Intro to Entertainment Design" with Peter Han~!!

Peter have just revealed his project topic as students will be designing both characters and vehicles for an apocalyptic world setting. Students will be designing using drawing, digital painting and kit bashing techniques to achieve the final results.

First day of class is coming up on June 1st. Sign up soon and see you in class~!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

CDA Summer 2014 Brochure Released Today~!!

Hi Everyone,

Our Summer 2014 public enrollment is starting up now~!!

To enroll, please visit our online store at:

For the latest enrollment status update, visit our status page at:

We have an exciting line up of great classes and workshops coming up. Space is limited so sign up soon and hope we will see you this Summer :)

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Monday, April 28, 2014

CDA Summer 2014 Schedule Preview~!!

Hi Everyone,

CDA Summer 2014 public enrollment is starting up on Thursday, May 1st~!

We have a great line up with many returning
instructors along with new faces joining us this term:

Returning instructors:
- Jay Oliva   (Cinematic Storyboard)
- Brian Yam   (Intro to Environment Design) 
- Darren Quach   (Intro to Form Language)
- Mike Yamada & Victoria Ying   (Vis Dev for Animation)

New instructors:
- Helen Chen   (Figure Invention for Animation)
- James Lopez   (Intro to Animation)
- Dice Tsutsumi   (Colorscript 101 workshop)
- Karla Ortiz   (Digital Fantasy Illustration workshop)
- Ben Mauro   (ZBrush for Concept Design workshop)

If you are interested in joining in on early enrollment opportunity, make sure to join our e-mail list to receive more information:

Thanks again for your interest and looking forward to see you this Summer~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy