Sketching and drawing rough and clean final layouts, interiors, buildings and other environment elements for animation and concept art will be covered in this self-study course. There will be demos and lectures on perspective, blocking in scenes and simple composition. Prop design and sketching demos are also included.

The student will learn quick visualization of perspective and elements in a scene, how to build and design buildings and structures, how to visualize and quickly draw interior spaces as well as methods of developing sketches for props and vehicles.

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.


Course Curriculum

Sketching for Environment Design | Preview FREE 00:05:00
Preview for Sketching for Environment Design with Craig Elliot.
Section 1
Simple Sketching FREE 02:19:00
Prop design and sketching - simple sketching in perspective, freehand and with a simple grid will be demonstrated. Homework: Sketch a prop using the techniques from class.
Section 2
Sketching for Environment Design | Photoshop Tools 02:43:00
Use of the pen tool, line tool, and brush tool to finish your prop design will be explained. Homework: Finish your prop with a clean line in Photoshop using the pen tool, line tool and brush tool.
Section 3
Complex Props 02:22:00
Vehicle sketching demo outlining techniques for complex props and vehicles. Homework: Drawing of vehicle or complex prop.
Section 4
Basic Building Exterior 02:30:00
Building exterior demo of a basic building with details. Homework: Drawing of a building exterior.
Section 5
Basic Interior 02:03:00
Interior drawing demo with furniture and details. Homework: Drawing of an interior space.
Section 6
Begin the Building and Environment 02:26:00
Exterior drawing and landscape Demo #1. Homework: Begin a drawing of a building exterior in an environment.
Section 7
Complete the Building and Environment 02:08:00
Exterior drawing and landscape Demo #2. Homework: Complete your building exterior in landscape.
Section 8
Sketching for Environment Design | Final Critique 01:57:00
Final Critique of building in landscape.

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    Amazing class thank you Craig

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