Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Digital Illustration" with Robert McKinnon

Hi everyone,

We are only one week away from the first day of semester. There are still a few class spots available for those of you interested.

Please click on the "Enrollment Status Update" tab to view the most current update on available classes.

Hope you are all having a great weekend and thanks for checking in on the blog :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Vehicle & Mechs" with John Wu (New Artworks)~!!

John Wu's website

Hi Everyone,

Just want to share some new artwork from John for his Vehicle & Mechs class.

This class focuses on the basics of designing a mechanical machinery. Topics such as Perspective, Joint design, Functionality and Technology/style are covered to help the students build portfolio pieces for props and vehicles.

This is a great class for anyone looking to improve on their tech design and learn the basic skills needed to draw & create believable mechanical designs.

Sign up soon as space is limited~!!

Bellow are some of John old demos from previous Vehicle & Mech class.

Perspective & Rendering basics:

Robotic joints and mechanical anatomy:

Friday, January 8, 2010

"Sketching for Environment" with Ed Li (New Artworks)~!!

Hi Everyone,

Just want to let you know Ed Li just created a new blog featuring his artworks from "Princess and the Frog" along with many other projects.

Ed's Sketching for Environment class is a great start for anyone interested in getting into Environment Design. He focuses on the use of space/composition to stage up visual impact and how to look for key things in locations to make the space memorable and believable (personality and scale).

The class includes many field trips, so the students can learn to draw and compose different environment/lighting situations from real life locations.

Sign up soon as space is limited. Hope everyone is staying warm and have a great weekend~!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lift Off: The Art of Airships @ Gallery Nucleus~!!

(click on image for link)

Ben is having another great show at Gallery Nucleus. Make sure to check it out if you are free :)

January 9, 2010 - February 1, 2010 Jan 9, 7:00PM - 11:00PM

Take flight with an imaginative roster of artists presenting their vision of lighter-than-air aircrafts through concept work, original paintings, and sculpture.

Each person attending this Saturday's opening is entered into a drawing to win a free hot air balloon ride. Coast through the clouds compliments of Soaring Adventures

Thrilled to have a free DR SKETCHY session this Saturday complete with pilot-themed model so bring your favorite drawing supplies (8 to 11pm)

*** Also remember to check out the Sherlock Holmes Show (art of John Watkiss) while you are there~!! ***

Monday, January 4, 2010

Spring 2010 Enrollment Status (updated 4/18/10)

Here is a quick updated on the current class availabilities:



Environment Design with James Paick - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen - Full
Vis Comp 1: Dynamic Sketching with Peter Han - Full
Story Development for Animation with Radford Sechrist - Full
Sci Fi & Fantasy Design with C. Arellano & D. Quach - Full
Head & Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen - Full
Intro to Character Design with David Colman - Full
Sketching for Environment with Ed Li - Full
Environment Design with Rodney Fuentebella - Full
Figure & Costume Painting with Stephen Schirle - Full
Cinematic Storyboard with Jay Oliva - Full
Gouache Landscape Painting with Jackson Sze - Locked
Creature Design with Jerad Marantz - Locked
Vehicle & Mechs with John Wu - Locked
Zbrush Character Creation with Bryan Wynia - Locked
Digital Illustration with Robert Mckinnon - Locked

Story Illustration for Animation with Chris Appelhans - Full
Film Conceptual Design with Mark Goerner - Locked
Gouache & Watercolor Painting (1 day) with Erik Tiemens - Locked
Gouache & Watercolor Painting (2 days) with Erik Tiemens - 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. ***)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

CDA Spring 2010 enrollment starts now~!!

Hi Everyone,

The Spring 2010 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