Thursday, December 26, 2013

Spring 2014 Term Schedule Sneak Preview~!!

CDA Spring 2014 Schedule Preview is out today~!!

We have a great line up with many veteran instructors returning along with lots of new faces joining us this term:

Returning instructors
- Carlo Arellano
- Jerad Marantz
- Tron Mai
- Bill Perkins

New instructors:
- Manu Arenas
- Maciej Kuciara
- Jaime Jones
- Bruno Werneck
- Jose Lopez
- James Finch
- James Martin
- Gary Cornell
- Polina Hristova

If you are interested in joining in on early enrollment opportunity, make sure to e-mail us to be added to our e-mail list for information.

Thanks again for your interest and looking forward to see you all in the New Year~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Spring 2014 Enrollment Status (updated 3/27/14 3:00PM)

(*** Click on class title for art & class descriptions ***) 

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Analytical Figure Drawing (Fri) with Kevin Chen - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing (Fri) with Kevin Chen - Full
Animal Anatomy with Jonathan Kuo - Full
Character Design 2 with Carlo Arellano - Full
Composition & Cinematography with Bill Perkins - Full
Environment Design (Sun) with Bruno Werneck - Full
Environment Design (Mon) with James Paick - Full
Figure Invention for Animation with Toby Shelton - Full
Head & Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen - Full
Intro to Character Design with Jose Lopez - Full
Intro to Digital Painting with Jason Scheier - Full
Intro to Entertainment Design with Peter Han - Locked
Intro to Figure Painting with Gary Cornell - Locked
Intro to Form Language with John Park - Full
Intro to Perspective with Polina Hristova - Full
Intro to Story Development with Louie Del Carmen - Full 
Intro to Vehicle Design with John Frye - Locked 
Landscape Painting with James Martin - Full
Modo for Concept Design with Vaughan Ling - Locked
Sketching for Environment with Ed Li - Full 
Story Dev for Animation with Tron Mai - Full  
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sat) with P. Ballesteros - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sun) with Peter Han - Full
Zbrush Character Creation with Ian Joyner - Locked

Adv. Digital Illustration with Jaime Jones - Full
Color Key Design for Production with Mike Hernandez - Full
Vis. Dev. for Animation with James Finch - Locked 

Human & Mech Design with Carlo Arellano - Locked 
Art of Yaxin with Manu Arenas - Full
Sci Fi Illustration with Maciej Kuciara - Full

Creature Design with Jerad Marantz - Cancelled

(*** 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. ***)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Color & Composition" Workshop with Robh Ruppel~!!

"Color & Composition" Workshop with Robh Ruppel
Starting on Dec. 7th, 2013

This is a great workshop for artists interested in learning how to create solid value, color and composition design in their environment paintings.

Space is limited, sign up soon and hope to see you there~!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Color Key Design for Production" with Mike Hernandez - Last Call for Enrollment~!!

Last chance to sign up, class starts on Tuesday, Oct. 8th~!!

This is a great class to learn how to design cinematic lighting and color script for animation film productions.

There are still a few spots remaining. To sign up and submit your portfolio soon~!!

Portfolio submission guideline:

*** As an extra note, Mike might not be able to teach this class regularly due to his busy work schedule. So, catch him while you can since this is a class topic rarely taught and organized into a full course. ***

Here are more samples of Mike's artworks. Enjoy~!!


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Vis Dev for Animation" with Mike & Victoria - Last call for enrollment~!!

Last call for portfolio submission for "Vis Dev for Animation" class~!!

This is a great class for both intermediate and advance artists with a strong drawing and painting foundation to learn more about how to prepare their portfolio for Feature Visual Development.

Class starts on Oct. 9th, so please submit your portfolio ASAP before this weekend.

For portfolio submission guidelines, visit our website at:

Thanks for your time :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Gouache Landscape Painting" with Mike Hernandez this weekend~!!

Hi Everyone,

Mike Hernandez's "Gouache Landscape Painting" workshop is starting this weekend (Sept. 27. 28, & 29).
This is a great workshop for anyone interested in improving their color, composition and lighting sense for their illustration or environment design works.

There are only a few spots remaining, so sign up soon and hope to see you there~!!

Kevin Chen

PS - Here are some step by step samples of Mike's painting process. Check it out :)

Here are some of Mike's other recent landscape studies: