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Marmoset Toolbag by 8monkey Labs 3D Coat

Digital Environment Design / 2D Matte Painting

Instructor: Geoff Taylor
Scheduled starting date: February 2012 *
Time: TBA *
Length: 8 weeks
Price: $449.00
Registration for this course is open until January 31st.
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Prerequisites: A solid 2d art foundation (perspective and observational drawing skills), and at least an intermediate understanding of photoshop. (portfolio review required)

Required Tools: Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CS3 or higher

Course Overview: Students will undergo an eight week process to create a high quality environmental production sketch/ 2d matte painting. Students will be provided with weekly feedback and demonstrations of each stage of production- starting with reference gathering and basic thumbnail sketches, and building towards a highly detailed photo realistic visualization of their concept

Week 1: Overview of successful Image making

  • Analysis of master work
  • Lecture: Reference gathering process & Creating a visual narrative- how to translate a written concept into visual artwork
  • Assigned: reference scroll

Week 2: Thumbnails

  • Review of reference material
  • Demo of thumbnail process
  • Lecture: understanding the importance of preliminary sketches- how to tell a story through composition, light and shape
  • Assigned: 8 greyscale thumbnails

Week 3: Critique 1

  • Critique of thumbnails
  • Student work will be painted over and corrected

Lecture: Translating greyscale into colour. How to choose a palette. How light dictates a palette

Week 4: Colour Comps

  • Demo of colour comp process
  • Lecture: Mood, Atmosphere & Colour theory
  • Assigned: 2 colour comps

Week 5: Critique 2

  • Critique of colour comps
  • Student work will be painted over and corrected
  • Lecture: defining the concept, the importance of refined sketches to clarify the structure and design of various assets
  • Assigned: Sketches of required assets (amount and complexity will vary depending on each student’s concept)


Week 6: Critique 3

  • Critique of asset sketches
  • Student work will be painted over and corrected
  • Lecture: preparing for the final: elaborating on reference material and honing in on your visual target

Week 7: Workshop

  • Demo: painting to a refined level. Students will be shown tips and tricks for rendering
  • Feedback on student progress

Week 8: Workshop 2

  • Demo: texturing and polishing. Students will be shown a variety of matte painting techniques to create convincing textures and lighting
  • Feedback on Student progress

Final Critique

  • Critique of final images
  • Students work will be painted over and adjusted to achieve the highest possible level of visual quality
  • Once the final image is submitted- the student will be provided with a detailed written report outlining the successes of the painting and how to improve further.

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