Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"3 Days Composition Workshop" with Marshal Vandruff on June 2, 3, & 4~!!!

Hi Everyone,

Marshall Vandruff is returning this Summer to teach his "3 Day Composition Workshop" at CDA~!!!


This is a yearly workshop not to be missed as Marshall is one of the best at teaching the craft and design language of visual storytelling.

It is one of the most foundation workshop we offer at CDA. Because of this, we have pushed our Summer semester to start after this event to allow all of our students to attend without schedule conflicts with their regular classes.

Sign up soon and hope to see you at the event~!!

Concept Design Academy

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"Human & Mechs" with Carlo Arellano~!!!

Carlo Arellano is back this Summer to teach his "Human & Mechs" class at CDA~!!


This is a great class for character and prop designers to learn how to design characters with iconic tools and technology they created that reflects their culture and needs.

Carlo is a very experienced designer in both game and film industry. Sign up soon and join us for the Summer to build your design portfolio together~!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CDA Summer 2017 Brochure Released~!!

Hi Everyone,

Our Summer 2017 brochure have been released and public enrollment started today on May 2nd~!!

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, sign up soon and hope we will see you in the coming Summer term~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Summer 2017 Enrollment Status (Updated 5/25/17 1:00AM)


Animal Anatomy with Brynn Metheney - 4 spots left
Architecture for World Building with Gabriel Yeganyan - 6 spots left
Character & Costume Design with Joshua James Shaw - 8 spots left
Environment Design for Games with Tu Bui - 3 spots left
Figure Drawing with the Reilly Method with Mark Westermoe - 5 spots left
Human and Mechs with Carlo Arellano - 8 spots left
Intro to Digital Painting with Bryan Lee & David Merritt - 5 spots left
Intro to Form Language with John Frye - 9 spots left 
Intro to Perspective with Polina Hristova - 1 spot left
Landscape Painting with Shae Shatz - 8 spots left
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (morning) with P. Ballesteros - 1 spot left
ZBrush Character Creation with Xander Smith

3 Days Composition Workshop
with Marshall Vandruff 
Cinematic Set Design with Samuel Michlap 
Archetypes & Story Structure with Ryan Meinerding

Analytical Figure Drawing (Sun) with Kevin Chen - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing (Wed) with Kevin Chen - Full 
Cinematic Storyboard 1 with Jay Oliva - Full
Cinematic Storyboard 2 with Ben Juwono - Full
Color and Lighting with Dan Cooper & Christina Cooper - Full 
Composition & Cinematography with Bill Perkins  - Full
Costumed Gesture Drawing with Kirk Shinmoto - Full 
Gouache Color Study with Peter Chan - Full
Head & Hands Drawing with Kevin Chen - Full
Intro to Character Design with Kevin Chen - Full
Intro to Storyboard with Alan Wan - Full 
Key Frame Illustration with Alex Mandradjiev - Full
Sketching for Environment with James Finch - Full
Story Development for Animation with Tron Mai - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (afternoon) with P. Ballesteros - Full

Cinematic Storyboard with Ben Juwono - Full
Vis. Dev. for Animation with Assaf Horowitz - Full

(*** For all Full classes or workshops, there is a waiting list available. Sign up if you wish to be notified when there are any last minute openings from cancellations. Thanks. ***)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Silent Art Auction & Gallery Nucleus this Sat. (3/18) ~!!

Hi Everyone,

A group of artists/teachers from 3Kicks Studio and Concept Design Academy will be donating original artworks for a fundraising auction event happening this Sat., March 18th (6PM~9PM) at Gallery Nucleus.


All proceeds from the auction will go to Charles and Carrie Hu to aid them through this difficult period for their family.

For more information about this auction, please visit the link bellow and check out some of the great artworks up for auction:


Please come check out the show and pick up some cool artworks for a good cause :)

Thanks for your time and hope to see you this Saturday~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Saturday, March 4, 2017

"Art of the Movie Poster" with Mark Westermoe on March 25th~!!

Hi Everyone,

Mark Westermoe is coming to CDA this Spring to teach the "Art of the Movie Poster" workshop on March 25th, 2PM~7PM~!!


Mark is well known for his illustration and design work on movie posters for "Total Recall", "The Hunt for Red October", "Braveheart","Apollo 13" and many more.

Mark's illustration and figure drawing teaching have influenced countless artists working in the field of animation, film and game industry today.

Check it out and don't miss out on this special event~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Iconic Science Fiction Design" workshop with Aaron Beck this Saturday~!!

Date - Feb. 25th, 2017
Time - 2:00PM ~ 7:00PM
Tuition - $120
Location - 55 Waverly Dr. Ste 104, Pasadena, CA 91105

Enrollment Link:

Hi Everyone,

How are you?

Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday on Feb. 25th, our special guest, Aaron Beck will be teaching his "Iconic Science Fiction Design" workshop at CDA~!

Aaron is well known in the industry for his unique style and hyper realistic designs from his work as a concept designer at Weta Workshop.

His designs help developed and shaped the look of films such as "Elysium", "Mad Max: Fury Road", "Chappie", "The Hobbit", "Edge of Tomorrow", the short film, "KELOID" and more recently for the game, "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare".

If you are a concept artist or someone who wishes to learn more about the creative process behind designing the look of a film or game, this is a great workshop not to be missed~!!

Thanks for your time and hope to see you at the event~!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy