Archive for July, 2010

Online training for visual artists

July 23, 2010

I found a new art community online training for atists( CGMW). This website features true masters of there craft. There will be several topics relating to arts in the entertainment industry. 

Foundational Classes:

Introduction to Digital Painting

Dynamic Sketching

Intro to Character Design

Intro to Environment Design

Intro to Storyboarding

Analytical Figure drawing

Advanced Classes:

Production Painting

Production Sketching

Character Design ll

Environment Design for Games

Storyboarding for animation

Creature Design

Vehicle and Mechanical Design


 CG Master Workshops (CGMW) is an online community dedicated to helping artists develop and cultivate their creative talents. Filled with the best possible training around, our online demonstrations will help aspiring artists in their goals of becoming industry artists.

The workshops are taught by the best in the industry; Individuals we like to call “Master’s”. These artists have years of experience and have worked for many of the major studios (including: Disney, Blizzard, DreamWorks, Pixar, Digital Domain, etc.), and are passionate about mentoring the next generation of artists.

Our goal is to provide students with an environment that will help them retain the most from their education, in order to help them achieve their goals in becoming professional artists. Some ways in which this is accomplished, is by:

  • Providing LIVE feedback on each assignment
  • Conducting LIVE working sessions with every student
  • Keeping class sizes relatively small

Dynamic Light and Shade

July 5, 2010

In this great book by Burne Hogarth, Dynamic Light & Shade is a must for any illustrator, concept artist, animator, comic artist or anyone in the realm of creative art. One should highly consider adding this book to their collection. This book teaches you from extensive examples on how to render and invent light, for drawing and painting figures in compositions.

The book starts with very simple silhouettes of primitive objects- to dynamic figures. From there, it teaches you how to see and understand positive and negative space; learning to see your composition in minimal light, single light sources to a variety of many other types of lighting and rendering;  indoor, out-door, etc.

Bottom line, if you’re an artist and want to make your work look 3 dimensional, then understanding light and shade, and being able to incorporate it into your illustrations and compositions are a must.