Fantasy Illustration | Self-Study

Explore the aspects of Fantasy Illustration, including the successful design of the fantasy elements in an illustration [...]
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Explore the aspects of Fantasy Illustration, including the successful design of the fantasy elements in an illustration such as costumes, props and architecture. Improving the structure and underlying emotional impact, and the composition of the illustrations will be discussed.  Composition 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.

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  • Total Course Time: 20:09:14 Hours

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Instructor Bio

Craig Elliott is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. He received his education at the famed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and studied under artists such as Harry Carmean and Burne Hogarth. Craig’s carefully crafted and arresting images of nature and the human form have captivated audiences with their visual and intellectual celebration of the beauty in this world and beyond. In addition to his fine art work, Craig has had a hand in designing many of today’s most popular animated films from studios such as Disney and Dreamworks.

A multifaceted artist, he is also an accomplished landscape architect, sculptor and most recently, jewelry designer.  Especially known for his exceptional ability with the human figure and creative composition, Craig’s work has evolved into a unique vision informing and influencing fine art, print, animation, and commercial worlds. Drawing from the visual worlds of science and nature, the human figure, the grand tradition of American illustration, Japanese scroll paintings and woodblock prints, fantasy illustration, and great artists of Europe, Elliott’s work strikes the viewer at first with a powerful tableau and draws them in to experience the subtlety and beauty within. Beyond the pictorial impact of his work, themes personal to him such as body image, environmental preservation, and social and psychological repression weave themselves throughout his work.

After attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, he began illustrating for various clients and started working full time in the animation industry.  He has worked primarily 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 other 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.

His work can currently be seen in the books “Treasure Planet a Voyage of Discovery”, “The Art of The Princess and the Frog”, “Spectrum: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art” #10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20 and a gold medal in 16 and Silver Medal in 17, “The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today Vol. 2”, “Erotic Fantasy Art”, “Fantasy art Now 2”, Aphrodisia I and his 3 sketchbooks. “Flesk Prime” and “The Art of Craig Elliott.”

Supply List

  • Computer with Photoshop (CS 2 and above preferred) and pressure sensitive tablet.
  • Drawing tools and paper, including: graphite pencils and greyscale markers.
  • Good quality smooth color copier paper is a good, inexpensive surface to work on.
  • Access to a photocopier will be helpful too.

Course Comments

3 Responses on Fantasy Illustration | Self-Study"

  1. 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 John Hayes says:

    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.

  3. Profile photo of Fezz Shuji says:

    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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