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 http://robertmckinnon.blogspot.com/

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: http://jacksonsze.blogspot.com/

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 http://jeradsmarantz.blogspot.com/

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

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 http://conceptdesignacad.blogspot.com/2011/09/animal-anatomy-with-jonathon-kuo.html ***)

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 :) )

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

CDA Fall 2010 enrollment starts now~!!

Hi Everyone,

It is Sept. 1st and the Summer 2010 brochure is officially released today and 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 for your interest and hope to see you next semester~!!

Kevin Chen