Monday, April 15, 2019

"Anatomy Lessons from the Masters" with Marshall Vandruff on April 20th~!!!

*** CDA April Special Guest Workshop Announcement ***

Hi Everyone,

I got good new~! Marshall Vandruff is coming to CDA to teach a workshop on "Anatomy Lessons from the Masters" on Apr. 20th (Sat.), 2pm~5pm~!!

Marshall is one of the top instructors in the Los Angeles area whom has been training artists in various studios including Blizzard Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Insomniac Games, and Black Isle Studios. Marshall's teachings have greatly influenced many well known artists such as Justin Sweet, Vance Kovacs, and Chris Appelhans along with many of our instructors at CDA.

In this workshop, Marshall will be sharing with us over 200 slides to demonstrate and break down the process of how great masters used anatomy to help them in creating realistic figures out of their imagination.

Marshall's ability to clearly communicate complicated topics in an easy to understand manner is second to none. Come join us this Saturday to learn from one of the best teachers on the subject.
Space is limited, sign up soon~!

Concept Design Academy

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Yohichi Nishikawa: Solo Exhibition at Gallery Nucleus on March 9th~!!

Yohichi Nishikawa is having a solo exhibition at Gallery Nucleus on March 9th with opening reception from 6PM~9PM~!!

Before the exhibition, Yohichi will be doing a 5 hr painting demo from 1PM~6PM. TIckets are still available for the workshop ($120 per person, event organized by Gallery Nucleus) and is a great way to see Yohichi paint in person :)

Friday, February 22, 2019

New Class Announcement - "Story & Pitch Development for TV Animation" with Jay Oliva~!!

Hi Everyone,


Due to popular demand, we are planning to open a new "Story & Pitch Development for TV Animation" class for the Spring 2019 term

(The class is 8 weeks in length and will be starting on Monday, Feb. 25th, 6:30PM~11:30PM).

This new class will be taught by Jay Oliva and the class format will be intimate in size (10~15 students max) so Jay can work with the students to build their storyboard sequences.

Right now, we are giving the class enrollment priority to the current storyboard class waiting list students first and their deadline to respond in on Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 12PM PST.


If you would like to enroll, please email us at to express your interest.

This way we can Paypal invoice you on Saturday afternoon for any available openings after the waiting list student enrollment ends at noon.

To run this class, we need at least 10 students enrolled. We will be able to announce the enrollment results by Sunday morning to inform everyone if we have enough students to start this new class.

If we are not able to get enough students by the Sunday morning deadline, we will refund everyone's tuition back in full.

Thanks for your time in reading this. The class space is very limited, so we will be taking the enrollment request in the order of email received. Sign up soon and hope to see you this Spring~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Last Minute Cancellation Openings Available~!!!

Hi Everyone,

We just got 2 last minute cancellation openings for 2 popular classes:

"Sketching for Environment" with Ed Li

"Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching" with Patrick Ballesteros

(*** The tuition will be prorated for the first week missed due to late enrollment. ***)

These are two very popular classes that were sold out until now. Sign up soon and come join us for the class this weekend~!!

Last Chance to Enroll for "Animal Anatomy" with Jonathan Kuo at CDA~!!!

Last Chance to Enroll for "Animal Anatomy" with Jonathan Kuo at CDA~!!!

This is a great class for character, creature and mech designers alike to learn the shape language and design for moment in nature. If you want to expand on your design vocabulary, this is a must class to take~!

(Sign up soon and tuition will be prorated for the first class missed.)