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16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 708-9232
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Explore the aspects of Fantasy Illustration, including the successful design of the fantasy elements that support an illustration such as costumes, props and architecture. Improve the structure and strengthen the underlying emotional impact and the composition of your illustrations.  Compositions of real and limited space (graphical space) will be compared and experimented with.  Creature and human character design though posing and integration into the composition will also be explored.

BIO: Craig Elliott has worked primarily in animation for Disney and DreamWorks, designing their animated films such as Hercules, Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Treasure Planet, Shark Tale, Flushed Away, Bee Movie, and Enchanted, Monsters vs. Aliens, and The Princess and the Frog as well as several upcoming features. Craig has also done fully painted comic book and cover artwork for Dark Horse Comics, World of Warcraft Trading cards, editorial illustration for Realms of Fantasy magazine, and more.

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Course Curriculum

Section1
Limited Space 01:21:00
Today’s lecture will begin by discussing how to simply pose figures and objects in a circular or figure 8 compositional format. Vignettes and posters will be the two main types of images covered. The in-class assignment will be to create a creature using a poster or vignette format in black and white.
Week 1 In-Class Assignment Critique 00:43:00
A critique of the in-class assignment will help develop each student's work. The first homework assignment will be to make 5 thumbnails, and pick 1 or 2 to develop further.
Section2
Homework Critique Part 1 00:42:00
Each class will begin with a critique of the previous weeks homework assignment. Today’s critique will guide student work into more developed illustrations.
Homework Critique Part 2 00:20:00
A demonstration will show how to use overlays for painting with color.
Shape Theme 00:20:00
A shape language lecture will show how to use shape design for storytelling. The in-class assignment will be to make a shape themed design using 1 or 2 shapes.
Week 2 In-Class Assignment Critique 00:17:00
The class will end with a critique of the in-class assignment. The homework assignment will be to complete a figure 8 or circle shape themed illustration.
Section 3
Fantasy Illustration | First Illustration Critique Part 1 00:52:00
Color and light theory will be introduced during the critique. Craig will discuss the Munsell Color wheel during a paint-over demo of student work.
Fantasy Illustration | First Illustration Critique Part 2 01:12:00
Paint-over demos of different types of surfaces will help guide and develop student work.
Fantasy Illustration | Real Space 00:11:00
The in-class assignment will be to arrange planes within a composition to help indicate depth within a flat design.
Fantasy Illustration | In-class Assignment Critique 00:17:00
The class will end with a critique of the in-class assignment. The homework assignment will be to complete a figure 8 or circle shape themed illustration.
Section 4
Real Space Critique part 1 01:20:00
A perspective overview will help adjust student work into a more dynamic designs.
Real Space Critique Part 2 00:55:00
The use of ellipses and three point perspective will be discussed.
Fantasy Illustration | Lighting Demo 00:55:00
A painting of an apple will show how to indicate daylight when painting with color.There will be an overview of color theory and painting form. The homework assignment will be complete the real space composition.
Section 5
Real Space 2 Critique Part 1 00:45:00
Paint-over demos will help develop the lighting design in a students composition.
Real Space 2 Critique Part 2 01:13:00
Adjusting hard and soft edges and colors will help improve student designs.
Fantasy Illustration | Shape Design 00:09:00
This weeks in-class assignment will be to design a living thing with props that share the same shapes.
Fantasy Illustration | Shape Design Critique 00:15:00
The homework will be to complete the previous image, and begin designing a living thing with matching shapes in its environment. There should be a clear connection between the living thing and its surrounding objects.
Section 6
Real Space 3 Critique Part 1 00:44:00
Colors and lighting will be adjusted to improve student work.
Real Space 3 Critique Part 2 00:47:00
Perspective, color and light will be adjusted to improve student work.
Fantasy Illustration | Grid Demo FREE 00:14:00
The in-class assignment will be to draw a ground plane with a grid incorporating a vehicle or architecture.
Fantasy Illustration | Grid Critique 00:29:00
Paint-over demos will adjust each student's work. The homework assignment will be to use a grid to create a surface on which to place a vehicle or architecture.
Section 7
Space & Grid Critique Part 1 00:49:00
The class will begin with a critique of the previous homework assignment.
Space & Grid Critique Part 2 00:55:00
The class will continue with the critique.
Fantasy Illustration | Vehicle Demo 00:20:00
Today’s demo will feature a step by step process of designing objects using a box method. The in-class assignment will be to sketch a house or vehicle using the box method demonstrated.
Box Method Critique 00:21:00
There will be a critique of the in-class assignment. The homework will be to add a character to the in-class assignment.
Section 8
Fantasy Illustration | Final Critique Part 1 01:07:00
The final class will feature a thorough critique of each homework assignment.
Fantasy Illustration | Final Critique Part 2 00:58:00
2 assignments will be given a critique.
Fantasy Illustration | Final Critique Part 3 00:38:00
The final assignment will have a critique.

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  1. Profile photo of Deborah Rosser

    Craig is a great teacher in Fantasy Illustration he helped me discover new ways of approaching designing and digital painting by teaching me to create better paintings for the viewers eye to follow, helping to make my pieces to connect and stand out. I’ve learned a lot from this class and hope to learn even more from future classes!

  2. Profile photo of John Hayes

    Really Enjoyed The Class

    I really enjoyed attending Craig’s class. His insight into the subtle techniques of composition and rendering provided me with the feedback I needed to improve upon my illustration skills.

    Some highlights of the live class was how Craig took time to carefully evaluate each students skill level and then provide individual paint over and suggestions that are best suited for that person.

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    Loved the tips and tricks this class offered

    If you want to be a great fantasy illustrator, this class has it all, the techniques and secrets have helped me to develop my fantasy art. It definitely helped me to push my boundaries in terms of design thinking and creating compelling fantasy scenes and imageries.

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