Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kekai Second Workshop on Dec. 5th~!!

Hi Everyone,

Due to popular demand, Kekai has agreed to do a second identical workshop on Dec. 5th, 2009.

There are a few last minute openings for this event. If you are interested to join us, you can e-mail us at contact@conceptdesignacad.com to reserve your spot. We will send you a confirmation e-mail and payment instruction shortly after.

Sign up soon as the spaces are limited~!!

For enrollment instructions and forms, you can visit our website at:

Thanks for your time :)

(Here is Kekai's demo from the workshop. Enjoy :) )

Kekai Nov 14th Workshop Demo

Here are the demo images from Kekai's Nov. workshop. Enjoy~!!

In class demo:
*** Update - Kekai just updated the finished image:Photos from the workshop:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Robh Ruppel's New Website~!!

Add ImageHi everyone,

Thanks for coming by the SketchUp for Visual Development workshop last weekend.

Robh just updated his website with a lot of new works from Uncharted 2. Make sure to check it out :)

(*** Update - Here are some art & demo images from Robh's workshop :) )

Uncharted Production art:

SketchUp Demo:
Step by step:

Friday, October 9, 2009

Waterhouse show in Montreal

In case you are also a Waterhouse fan. A traveling exhibition of Waterhouse's painting is coming to North America (Montreal) on Oct 2nd, 2009.

Usually, you would need to fly over to London to view his pieces. Now it is closer and the show features many of his wel known paintings.

For more info, you can find the museum site here:

You can also find a picture gallery of his painting here:

Enjoy your visit :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Free James Gurney Workshop on Oct. 1~!!

AI Inland is hosting a Free workshop event with Jame Gurney, creator of the Dinotopia books.

Date - Oct. 1st
Time - 12PM
RSVP - 909-951-2100

I have attended his talk at Art Center and got a lot out of it. James is a great teacher and a very inspiring artist. Don't miss out on this great opportunity~!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Storytelling for Comics and Film with Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi is teaching another storytelling workshop over at Gallery Nucleus.

It is a 7 week workshop meeting every Tuesday, 7 ~ 10PM. The first day of class will start Sept 15 and last day will end on Nov. 3. Class tuition is $500.

Nucleus is offering $100 tuition discount for students who have also signed up for CDA classes this Fall term.

If you are interested, please contact Ben Zhu at Nucleus soon as the class is about to start.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fall 2009 Enrollment Status (updated 10/17/09)

Here is a quick updated on the current class availabilities:



Environment Design with James Paick - Full
Environment Design with Cecil Kim & Jackson Sze - Full
Sketching for Environment with Ed li - Full
Intro to Character Design with David Colman - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing (second class) with Kevin Chen - Full
Cinematic Storyboard with Jay Oliva - Full
Intro to Vehicle & Mechs with Jojo Aguilar - Full
Creature Design with Jerad Marantz - Locked
Entertainment Project with Carlo Arellano & James Paick - Full
Intro to Production Design with James Hegedus - Locked
Digital Illustration with Robert Mckinnon - Locked

Fall Special Workshop at LCAD with C. Arellano, N. Fowkes, E. Canete, & J. Paick - Full
Digital Fantasy Illustration with Kekai Kotaki - Full
SketchUp for Visual Development with Robh Ruppel - Full
Digital Fantasy Illustration (2nd class) with Kekai Kotaki (Dec. 5th 2~7PM) - 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. ***)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fall 2009 Enrollment Starts Now~!!

Hi Everyone,

The Fall 2009 brochure is officially released today and is ready for enrollment~!!

Please read through our enrollment instructions and school policy before you reserve your classes:

All sign-up are accepted by e-mail only and on a first come first serve basis.

Due to the heavy volume of e-mail, please allow us 3~4 days to process your reservation request.

Thanks again and hope to see you next semester~!!

Kevin Chen

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fall Special Workshop at LCAD~!!

Hi Everyone,

It is Fall again and we are visiting Laguna College of Art + Design for our annual group workshop (2 days, 4 instructors).

Date - Sept 26th & 27th
Time - 10 AM ~ 5PM
Price - $240 (lunch included)

If you haven't attended our Fall Special Workshop before, it is a tasting menu of the best classes that CDA has to offer.

Learn how to create believable designs that the viewers can relate to. Learn how various artists of different discipline approach their designs to keep their ideas fresh.

Sign up soon as the spaces are very limited.

Enrollment will start on Sept. 1st along with the rest of the Fall term classes.

Thanks for your time and hope to see you there~!!


(***Update - Here are the photos from the workshop. Enjoy~!!)

Carlo Arellano - Vehicle & Mechs

Nathan Fowkes - Composition for Visual Development

Eric Canete - Dynamic Cover Illustration

James Paick - Digital Painting for Environment

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fall 2009 term schedule update

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your interest in our upcoming Fall 2009 term.

Our schedule will be released on our website on Sept. 1st and the enrollment will start on the same date.

*** If you wish to receive the schedule earlier, you can e-mail us at contact@conceptdesignacad.com to be added into our e-mailing list.***

The Fall term will run from Oct. 3 ~ Dec. 19, 2009.

Hope to see you next term~!!


PS- Above image is a sneak peek at the things to come... ^^

Color Design for Entertainment Workshop with Nathan Fowkes

Hi everyone,

Thanks for coming to last Saturday's Color Design workshop. It was great to see everyone and many thanks to Nathan for sharing his art.

Check back to this post later as I will be posting some photos from the event shortly.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Concept Job Openings

Blizzard - Cinematic Matte Painter

Bungie - Concept Artist

Ubisoft Paris Studio - Art Director

Interplay - Concept Artist

Cafe FX - Senior Matte Painter

Game Loft - Concept Artist/Character Designer

Hope this will help :)

Lucasfilm Animation Looking for Concept Artists

Located in San Rafael, California. Currently working on the Star Wars clone wars series.

Here is the job post:

They are also looking for a 3D story Artist:

Id looking for concept artists...

In case you are interested. Id will be starting to looking for concept artists, environment, character and prop artists. One for their new game "Rage" and several for their newly formed team.

Id is located in Mesquite, Texas and have been responsibly for games such as Doom, Quake & Wolfenstein. I heard the news during Comic Con, so the openings should still be valid.

Fore more info, contact id at:

Good luck~!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Digital Maquette Workshop this Sat~!!

Date - Aug 1 & 8
Time - 2~7 PM
Price - $230

Just in case you would be interested...

Bryan Wynia will be doing a Digital Maquette workshop the next 2 Saturdays after Jerad's class. This is a great workshop for those of you interested in getting into film or game character/creature design (Z-brush is a great tool adopted by many studio's work flow today).

To reserve a spot, just give Estelle an e-mail at contact@conceptdesignacad.com to enroll.

This is a rare 3D workshop we offer at CDA, so take advantage of it since it is at a fragment of the cost compare to many other 3D modeling classes in LA.

It is also geared specifically to help concept designers to impliment zbrush into their design pipeline.

Hope to see you there :)

(*** Update - Here is the WIP version of Bryan's Demo from the workshop.)

Almost finish version:

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Visual Development for Game with Moby Francke this Saturday~!! (Full)

(*** Thanks for your quick replies. The remaining 6 spots have been filled and we are taking waiting list in case there are last minute cancellations. If you have e-mailed us today, we will get back to you very soon on your enrollment status. Thank you. ***)

Hi Everyone,

This is a quick reminder for this Saturday's workshop with Moby Francke, Art Director of Valve's "Team Fortress 2".

Date - July 11th
Time - 2~7 PM
Price - $120

This is an excellent workshop for anyone interested in pushing a strong visual look for their game projects. Join us to learn how one of the leading game developers in the field approaches art direction and create a unique visual style for their game.

To sign up, e-mail us at contact@conceptdesignacad.com

There are only 6 spaces left, so sign up soon to ensure your spot.

Thanks for your time and hope to see you there :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Environment Design for Animation Workshop with Robert Kondo~!!

(***Update - We just finished the workshop today and thank you all for coming~!! ***)

Hi everyone,

Don't miss this rare lecture/demo by Robert Kondo, Pixar's Set Art Director from "Ratatouille".
This is a great workshop for both beginning or intermediate artist to learn more on the environment design process for a CG animated set. Sign up soon as the space is limited.

Date - June 27th, 2009

Time - 2~7PM
Price - $120

To sign up, e-mail us at contact@conceptdesignacad.com


(*** Update - Here is the step by step process from Robert's demo. Sorry for the poor color and resolution quality. The original file was lost and these images are saved from digital camera captures. Hope it will give you a good extra reminder to match to your class notes :) )

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Entry Level Jobs Openings

Here are some junior artist positions I found on the net today that might be good for any talented students. Hope this will be useful in case you are interested:

Associate Concept Artist at Red 5 Studios
Talent Development Program at Disney Feature

Good luck~!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Last Spot for Advance Figure Drawing

Update- Last spot taken, thanks for your response!!

Here are some of the in class demos. Enjoy :)