Monday, December 13, 2010

TRON: Legacy - Artist Panel & Book Signing at Gallery Nucleus~!!

Dec 18, 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Gallery Nucleus welcomes some of the amazing talents to present and discuss their contributions to the new film. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session and book signing. This is a rare opportunity to get an insider's look at the production of an epic film.

Presenters Include:
- Dylan Cole
- David Levy
- Neville Page
- Ben Proctor
- Phil Saunders
(more to be announced)

For more info visit Gallery Nucleus website at:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Character Design for Animation" with Shane Prigmore~!! - Full

Happy Thanksgiving everyone~!!

Just want to post a reminder that Shane Prigmore's "Character Design for Animation" workshop is coming up on Dec. 4th.

Currently, there is 0 spot remaining, so contact us if you wish to be added on to the waiting list for any last minute openings.

To sign up, you can e-mail us at to reserve a waiting list spot.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with your family~!!


PS - you can find more samples of Shane's recent works on Dreamworks' new books: "Moonshine" & "Mega Mind".

Thursday, November 4, 2010

CTN Expo on Nov 19~21~!!

If you love animation and is currently in the LA area, you don't want to miss out on this special event.

CTN Expo
is returning to Burbank again from Nov 19~21, 2010.

For more info, click on the link bellow to visit their site:

If you are a student or educator, remember to check for their student and educator discount to receive 10% off your entrance price. Just follow this link for your school's discount code:

Professional Discount Here:

It is like a comic con focused for the animation industry. This year they will have Moebius making a special appearance at the event.

Make sure to check it out and hope to see you there :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Color Design for Entertainment" with Nathan Fowkes on Nov. 13th~!!

All spots taken, thanks for signing up~!!

See you on Nov. 13th :)

Here are some more samples of Nathan's work:

Shrek Forever After


How to Train Your Dragon

Rough Color Comps

Update - Here are some photos from the event. Thanks for coming~!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

America's Grandeur: Landscapes of Clyde Aspevig

Great news for those of you who love landscape painting. Santa Barbara Historical Museum will host an exhibition of new paintings by Clyde Aspevig this Saturday~!!

The exhibition will open on October 22nd and conclude on January 31st, 2011. There will be an opening reception on October 22nd at 6:00 PM - the cost for admission is $75.00 per ticket.

Clyde will do an art demonstration on October 23rd at 2:00 PM at the museum. The cost of each demonstration ticket is $50.00. Those interested in attending will need to contact the museum for tickets as soon as possible as attendance is limited.

For more information or to make reservations to attend these events please contact the museum.

Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 East De La Guerra Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Telephone (805) 966-1601

To see more of Clyde's work, you can visit his site at

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"Environment & Lighting" with Khang Le this Saturday~!!

Thanks everyone for coming to the workshop last weekend.

For those of you that couldn't make it to the event, here are the 2 demo images from the workshop. Enjoy~!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

James Gurney Workshop on Sunday, Oct 10th~!!

James Gurey, the creator of Dinotopia will be doing an 1 day/ 3 part workshop at Atelier Marchant on Oct. 10th, 2010 from 1~5PM.

Tuition is $30 per part or $65 for the entire 3 lectures.

For more information, please visit or e-mail to register!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Digital Illustration" with Robert McKinnon~!!

Hi Everyone,

This is the last week and a half of enrollment before "Digital Illustration" starts on Friday, Oct. 8.

For more samples of Robert's work, please visit his site at

Bellow are some of Robert's recent artworks. Enjoy~!!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Intro to Character Design" with David Colman - Last 2 spots~!!

Last 2 spots remaining for this great introductory class to character design. Sign up soon before the enrollment deadline :)


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

"Landscape Painting" with Jackson Sze~!!

Hey Everyone,

Its Fall and its time for landscape painting again. This semester, Jackson Sze will be returning to CDA to teaching the “Landscape Painting” class on Sunday mornings.

The Class is going to be slightly modified from the last time Jackson has taught it. There’s going to be an emphasis on creating convincing colors out of your head off-site as well. This should help students apply color theory to their entertainment work.

Thanks for your time and hope you can join us~!!


Kevin Chen

Concept Design Academy

PS – here are some samples of Jackson’s professional work to help illustrate how the skills learned from landscape painting can be applied to design work. For more samples, please visit Jackson’s site at:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

"Creature Design" with Jerad Marantz

Hi Everyone,

Jerad Marantz is the lead concept artist at Aaron Sims Studio. His recent film projects include “I am Legend”, “Clash of the Titans”, “Green Lantern”, & “Suckerpunch”.

This class focuses on the design & creation process used in a life action film and game production. Topics such as anatomy, thumbnails, posing, digital painting, photo manipulation are covered in the many in class demostrations.

Don’t miss out on this great class as spaces are filling up soon.

For more of Jerad’s artworks, please visit his site at

To sign up, please e-mail us at

Thanks for your time and hope to see you in class :)


Kevin Chen

PS – here are some more samples of Jerad’s recent works. Enjoy~!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Advanced Entertainment Design" with Carlo Arellano

Hi Everyone,

Just as a reminder, our “Advanced Entertainment Design” is still open for enrollment and the portfolio review deadline is coming up next week on Sept 15th.

The advance class focuses on the cross training between Character, Creature, Tech and Environment Design. The goal is to create a cohesive visual style that is unique and enhances the storytelling/game play of the project.

If this is a class you are interested in, please reserve ASAP as the spaces are limited.

For more samples of Carlo’s previous class demos, you can visit his older class blogs at:

hanks again for your time and hope to see you next term~!!


Kevin Chen

(*** Update - here are some more of Carlo's demos & art works from previous classes. Enjoy :) )

Monday, September 6, 2010

"Animal Anatomy" with Joe Weatherly~!!

(*** UPDATE - Please visit our new class with Jonathan Kuo at ***)

Joe Weatherly, the author of "The Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals" is coming to join us at CDA for a 10 week course on "Animal Anatomy".

This course is designed for the beginning and intermediate artists, who wish to get into the character/creature design field. To be a good character/creature designer, a solid understanding of various anatomy types are crucial tools used everyday on the job.

In this class, you will study various animals for how they have evolved in different movements and functions. This class will cover the major mammal and bird groups by studying their skeleton and muscle structures comparatively.

Sign up soon as the spaces are limited and hope to see you in class :)

Kevin Chen

Here are a few more drawing samples from Joe.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

"Vehicle & Mechs" with Paul Christopher~!!

Hi Everyone,

Paul Christopher has returned to CDA this Fall of another semester of "Vehicle & Mechs" class. This is a great course for anyone who wish to expand on their design vocabulary and themes. Line work and idea exploration is greatly stress through out the term in creating unique solutions to the design problems . Sign up soon as spaces are limited.

For more samples of Paul's work, please visit his site at:

Thanks for your time~!!

(*** Update - Here are some more demos & artworks from Paul. Enjoy :) )