Monday, December 29, 2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR~!!
We have just updated our website with our Spring 2009 schedule and enrollment information. The new schedule will be available for enrollment starting 12AM on Jan. 1st, 2009.
Due to the heavy volumes of e-mails, please allow us at least 1 day to get back to you with the reservation confirmation. Thank you very much for your patience.
Hopefully you are all enjoying a great holiday break and a great new year to come~!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Here are some snapshots from the event:
After workshop dinner at Daisy Mint:
Saturday, November 1, 2008
This is just a quick reminder that Stephan Martiniere’s 2 day “Sci-Fi & Fantasy Illustration Workshop” is starting on next Saturday, Nov. 8th~9th (2~7PM).
In case you are interested, there are still spots available for anyone who wishes to join in.
We are flying Stephan in from
To enroll, just send us a reservation e-mail and we will reply you with the payment details.
Thank for your time and have a great weekend~!!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Gary is great at teaching by explaining how things work visually so you can paint the object from memory. I would strongly recommend Gary's class for anyone who wants to learn how to paint. This is a rare chance to learn from one of Art Center's legend.
For more of Gary's artwork, you can visit his site at:
Enjoy your visit~!!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Demo from workshop. Giant Design from book, "Big Friendly Giant":
Chris' 2nd take at the design after the workshop:
For more info visit Chris' blog at http://alzmannstudios.blogspot.com/
Monday, October 6, 2008
On Oct. 18th, we are flying in Christian Alzmann, an Art Center Alumni and currently the Art Director at ILM to do a talk & demo on creating concept designs for Film Visual Effects.
His past films includes Van Helsing, War of the Worlds, Men in Black 2, Star Wars Episode 2, Indiana Jones 4, and AI. Besides concept work, he is also a fantastic illustrator at heart with many paintings on his website:
Don't miss this great opportunity to learn how to prepare for the industry and meet one of the top artists that is active and influential in the field today.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
In this class, Jay will cover the storyboard staging mechanics used in various films such as horror sequences, fight choreography, drama sequences and etc. The class will study clips from various directors on how they use the same mechanics with their own storytelling styles. This is a great class for anyone interested in learning more about camera staging, composition, and how to draw quick, expressive storyboards.
Cinematic Storyboard is open for enrollment. To see more samples of Jay's work, please visit:
Friday, September 12, 2008
Creature Design with Jerad Marantz - (6 spots available)
Cinematic Storyboard with Jay Oliva
Environment Design (Monday) with James Paick - FULL
Environment Design (Saturday) with James Paick - FULL
Sketching for Environment with Ed Li - FULL
Vehicle & Mechs with John Wu - FULL
Analytical Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen - FULL
Entertainment Projects with Carlo Arellano - FULL
Intro to Character Design with Kevin Chen - FULL
Concept Design for Digital Effects with Christian Alzmann - LOCKED
Sci Fi & Fantasy Illustration with Stephan Martiniere - FULL
Style Guide & Art Direction with Bill Perkins - FULL
Laguna Fall Special Workshop - FULL
(*** For all FULL classes, there is a waiting list available. Sign up if you wish to be notified when there are any last minute openings from cancellations.***)
If you have any classes you are interested, sign up soon to ensure your spot.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
If you are interested or is free around the area, please swing by and check out our pieces :)
Show start Sept 13th 7PM ~ 11PM.
Hope you can make it~!!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
As special thanks to our friends in Irvine, Laguna and San Diego areas, we are coming to you this year with our first collaboration workshop at
This is a great tasting menu for anyone who is interested in our program. It is also a great opportunity to get a concentrated dose of live demos and tips on designing for game and animation productions.
If you know any friends in the area who might be interested, please help us spread the word along.
Thanks again and hope to see you next term ~!!
*** PS – If you attend this workshop, your $30 enrollment fee will be waived for other classes you attend this Fall term.
(*** Update - Here are the demos from the workshop. Enjoy~!!)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Opening Reception / Jul 19, 7:00PM - 11:00PM
One night only! Meet Rick O' Brien!!
-Original paintings and drawings will be on exhibit.
-Come see his latest air ship installation.
-Come hang out with Rick as he doodles and signs brand new Counterweight books.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Just want to send a quick reminder that Charlie Wen’s Digital Illustration Workshop is starting up this Saturday on July 12th, 2008, 1:30~6:30PM.
Hope this e-mail finds everyone well and see you soon this weekend.
*** Update - Here are some photos from Charlie's workshop. A lot of the focus of the talk was on composition and designing the image in abstract shapes. Hope everyone had a great time and learned something valuable :) ***
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Time - Tuesday, 7~11PM (10 week course)
Price - $560
This class is the part 2 of Analytical Figure Drawing. The class focuses on portraiture, likeness, anatomy, lighting and page composition. A good class to establish more accurate drawings and to transition into beginning painting.
You can find some samples of Kevin's previous class demos and notes here:
Analytical Figure Drawing:
Long Pose Figure Drawing:
Conceptart Forum Thread:
Hope you will enjoy your visit :)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Constantine is the concept artist responsible for creature and character designs for films such as Blade II, X-Men III, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Passion of the Christ, Constantine, Spiderman, Fantastic four, Ghost Rider and many others.
For more of his art samples, you can visit his site at:
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about creature design or getting into the film character/creature design field.
Space is limited so sign up soon :)
To sign up, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-669-4657 for any questions.
Monday, May 12, 2008
55 Waverly Dr. Ste 104
Pasadena, CA 91105
May 16, 17, & 18 (10AM ~ 5PM, 1 hr lunch)
Sean Cheethm is coming to our Waverly studio for a 3 days painting workshop. The event is organized by Charles Hu, the owner of 3 Kicks Fine Art Studio.
Sean has an amazing ability to capturing people in his portraits. A class I would strongly recommend for anyone interested in learning how to paint and capture likeness.
Here is a short description of the workshop:
Sean Cheetham will take you step by step on how he develops his personal painting in this 3 days workshop. Surface preparation followed with graphite drawing and acrylic wash will be demonstrated in the first day. On the second day, he will continue the work with oil. Demo from life by Sean and students painting will be on the last day of workshop.
To find out more information, please visit 3 Kicks Fine Art Studio's website or contact Charles Hu to sign up:
Thanks for your time,
Friday, May 2, 2008
To sign up, simply e-mail us at email@example.com to reserve a space. We will send you an availability confirmation and enrollment details shortly after.
We have a lot of great teachers and new workshops this term, I am looking forward to seeing you all soon after the break.
Concept Design Academy
Friday, March 7, 2008
My teacher, Steve Huston is running his Drawing Workshop over at the Waverly Studio (same place as Concept Design Academy).
If you haven't taken a course with Steve before, I would strongly recommend signing up for the intensive 4 day session. He is an amazing artist and an inspiring teacher. He is one of my main influences in teaching and drawing. Space is limited, so sign up soon.
Here are the workshop sign up details:
55 Waverly Dr. #104
Pasadena, CA 91105
The workshop will start on May 1st ~ 4th, 2008 (Thursday~Sunday)
9AM~4PM daily (including 1 hour lunch).
The tuition is $575. Payment in full is needed to reserve a spot.
For payment, send check to:
4680 Conestoga Circle
Bozeman, MT 59715
For more information call Steve at (406)-522-0906
Friday, January 25, 2008
I have two quick announcements to make. One is a reminder that Creature Design 1 on Sat morning 9:30AM~12:30PM is open for enrollment!!
Second is that we have a new instructor, Jerad Marantz for the this coming semester to take over the class for Anthony Francisco.
Anthony will be taking a break this term, due to a full work schedule. He plan to continue to swing by the class as a guest speaker from time to time.
Jerad's design background came from both film and game productions. He have been working for studios such as Stan Winston, ADI, Climax Games, Gnomon, NCsoft and Aaron Sims Studio. Some his recent projects include "I am Legend" and "Tabula Rasa".
Jeard have a great passion for creature design and a great demo teacher at showing and explaining his work process. This is a great class for anyone who is interested in improving or expanding their creature designs skills for either film development or game production. Previous figure drawing experience is strongly recommended to help you get the most out of the class.
If you have any questions about the class or sign us please feel free to contact us anytime.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
***Update: Khang's Imaginary Vehicle workshop have just been completely filled. Thanks to everyone for your support!!***
There are still 7 spaces left for Khang’s Imaginary Vehicle workshop this Saturday, Jan. 26th, 2008.
In the this workshop, Khang will cover the basics of perspective layout, scale, practical design ideas, style variations and rendering techniques he uses in creating Vehicles and Robots for his current projects.
This is a great class for both beginning and intermediate artists who is interested in strengthening their vehicle / props design for entertainment. During class, Khang will share his working process and take a vehicle or robot design from beginning to finish.
Enrollment is on first come, first serve basis. Space is limited, so please e-mail ahead to reserve a spot in the class. We accept cash only at this point. Payment will be collected at the door after e-mail reservation is confirmed.
For RSVP, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 818-669-4657 for questions.
Thanks and hope to see you this Sat~!!
The first semester of Concept Design Academy has finally come to an end last year and was a great success. We would like to thank everyone for your generous help and support over the past few months.
Our new brochures for Spring 2008 have been completed and is out in local schools and art stores in LA for distribution. Attached is the jpeg version of the brochure & Enrollment form to help you plan for your next semester’s schedule.
To sign up, simply e-mail us at email@example.com to reserve a space. We will send you an availability confirmation and enrollment details.
Thanks again and hope to see you in Feb~!!