Thursday, December 13, 2018

"Style Development for Animation" with Lauren Airriess - Last Call for Enrollment~!!!

CDA's "Style Development for Animation" workshop is starting this Saturday on Dec. 15th~!!!

This workshop is designed for artists looking to prepare their portfolio for visual development for feature animation.

(This event is our last workshop for 2018, so if you have any "MCD" workshop credits from enrollment make sure to use your free MCD discount credits before it expires.)

Space is limited, sign up soon and see you this Saturday~!

Concept Design Academy

Friday, December 7, 2018

"Style Development for Animation" workshop with Lauren Airriess on Dec. 15th~!!!

Hi Everyone,

Lauren Airriess, the Art Director/ Visual Development Artist/ Story Artist behind many beloved animated films such as "Tangled", "Prep and Landing", "Cars 3", "Toy Story Shorts", "Legend of Oz", "Duck Duck Goose" & "Coco" is coming to CDA to teach a workshop on the process of "Style Development for Animation"~!!

This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning the design process and pipeline for feature animation visual development. Space is limited, sign up soon and see you at the event~!

Concept Design Academy

"Color & Design for Animation" workshop with Helen Chen~!!!

Helen Chen is coming to CDA on Dec. 8th for an one day workshop on "Color & Design for Animation"~!!

The workshop is currently sold out and the waiting list tickets can be purchased here if you would like to be contacted for cancellation openings:

Thanks for your time and hope to see you at the event!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

"Character Design & Illustration" Workshop with Karla Ortiz on Nov. 17th~!!!

Hi Everyone,

Karla Ortiz, the concept designer behind iconic Marvel films such as "Dr. Strange", "Black Panther", & "Thor: Ragnarok" will be coming to CDA on Nov. 17th to teach an one day workshop on "Character Design & Illustration"~!!
This is a great workshop for both beginning and intermediate artists who are  interested in creating interesting characters and memorable paintings for narrative storytelling.

Enrollment starts today at 1:30PM PST on Tuesday, Nov. 6th.

Space is very limited, sign up soon and hope to see you at the event~!

Concept Design Academy

Friday, October 5, 2018

New "Intro to Storyboard" class with Samuel Szymanski available now~!

Hi Everyone,

We have great news to announce~!

Due to the large demand for storyboard classes this Fall, we have just opened a second "Intro to Storyboard" class taught by Samuel Szymanski starting up this Sunday, Oct. 7th (2PM~6PM).

To enroll, please visit our enrollment store here:…/intro-to-storyboard-b-…
This is a great introduction storyboard class for anyone who want to get into animation storyboard as a storyboard artist or revisionist.

Currently we only have 3 spots remaining for this new course. Sign up soon and don't miss out on this new opportunity.

Thanks for your time and hope to see you this Sunday~!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Sunday, September 23, 2018

"Human & Mechs" with Aaron Beck - Opening for Enrollment~!!!

Hi Everyone,

This Fall, Aaron Beck is coming to CDA to teach an 8 week intermediate design class on the design of human and the technology they create.

This is a very rare opportunity to learn from Aaron, so make sure not to miss out on this great class~!

To sign up, please visit our enrollment store at:

Since this class is very focused on design and is 8 weeks in length, we require all students to submit their portfolio for approval before being accepted into the class.

We mainly need to see the student is comfortable with drawing objects in perspective, painting forms with clear lighting and have some basic knowledge of human and mechanical anatomy.

For the portfolio submission details, please visit our "Portfolio Submission Guideline" page at:

The first day of class starts on Saturday, Oct. 20th.
Thanks for your time in reading this and hope to see you in the class~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Fall 2018 Enrollment Status (Updated 12/14/18 1:50AM)

Style Development for Animation with Lauren Airriess

Analytical Figure Drawing (Sun) with Kevin Chen - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing (Fri) with Kevin Chen - Full
Animal Anatomy with Jonathan Kuo - Locked
Background Design for Animation with Khang Le - Full
Character Design 2 with Kevin Chen & John Staub - Locked
Cinematic Storyboard with Alan Wan - Full
Cinematic Storyboard with Jay Oliva - Full
Color and Lighting with Dan Cooper & Christina Cooper - Full
Composition & Cinematography with Marshall Vandruff - Full
Costumed Gesture Drawing with Kirk Shinmoto - Full
Gouache Color Study with Peter Chan - Full
Head & Hands Drawing with Kevin Chen - Locked
Human & Mechs with Aaron Beck - Full
Intro to Character Design with Christie Tseng - Full
Intro to Digital Painting with Sherwin Abesamis - Locked
Intro to Environment Design with Shae Shatz - Locked
Intro to Perspective with Kirk Shinmoto - Full
Intro to Storyboard with Samuel Szymanski - Locked
Landscape Painting with SaiPing Lok - Full
Sketching for Environment with Ed Li - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching with P. Han - Full
Vis Com 2: Dynamic Camera & Staging with P. Han - Full
ZBrush Character Creation with Xander Smith - Locked

Vis Dev for Animation with Arthur Fong - Full

Character Design & Illustration with Karla Ortiz - Full
Color & Design for Animation with Helen Chen - Full

Key Frame Illustration with Joshua James Shaw - 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. ***)