Project Walkthrough.

What's the big idea?

"Concept art is a form of illustration where the main goal is to convey a visual representation of a design, idea, and/or mood for use in films, video games, animation, or comic books before it is put into the final product". (Wikipedia)

Requirements - What are you doing???


Digital Illustration Portfolio
  • Your art: 4+ pieces of original concept art:
    • Environment - exterior (a landscape or outside of building)
    • Environment - interior (a room)
    • Characters
    • Other (Items, Animals, Plants, Vehicles)
  • The context - What is this for???


The context

First, you need to let me know what you are doing. What is the big idea? Fire up your blog and make a post. Be sure to write an intro, including the fact that you are doing a Digital Illustration & Concept Art project. Then, what you tell me about the project from there will depend on the format.

Film, comic, or animation

If you would like to create concept art for a film, comic, or animation, I need to know the following:
  • The proposed / possible title[s] of the work.
  • The format (film, comic, or animation)
  • Expository information:
    • Setting
    • Characters
  • The proposed plot
    • Problem
    • Rising action
    • Proposed climax (avoid possible spoilers by not revealing how it turns out here)
  • Inspirational works - what influenced this work, if anything? Provide links!!!

Game
David Revoy / Blender Foundation
David Revoy / Blender Foundation

If you would like to create concept art for a game, I need to know the following:
  • The proposed / possible title[s] of the work.
  • The format
    • Tabletop
      • RPG
      • Strategy
      • CCG
      • other
    • Video
      • RPG
      • Strategy
      • Platformer
      • Action
      • Runner
      • 1st Person Shooter
      • etc.
  • The 5 Game elements (more on these here)
    • Goals
    • Rules
    • Space
    • Mechanics
    • Components
  • If an RPG, you may need some expository information, such as:
    • setting
    • characters
    • problem
  • Inspirational works - what influenced this work, if anything? Provide links!!!

The art:

There are several formats you may choose to explore, from cartoon-like Vector Illustration to photo-realistic Raster art to full 3d Rendering in Sketchup & Blender. Once you've chosen a format, go learn about the tool you'll be using. You may need to log into MyBigCampus and request to join the Digital Concept Art group to get to some more advanced videos on whatever tool you may choose to use.

Vector Illustration

Vector art is the current standard in digital Illustration. Even the new Scratch 2.0 Beta supports Vector Art. It doesn't rely on pixels so it renders beautifully across devices, from 4" Phone screens to Mac Retina displays all while maintaining a small file size.

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a computer program for making graphic design and illustrations.

Illustrator Tools & Concepts

Go do these lessons & follow along in Illustrator.
  1. Brush Tool
  2. Pen Tool
  3. The dreaded Pen Tool Exercise (here's the file)
  4. Shapes & Paths
  5. Simple Shape Math
  6. Eraser & Blob Brush
  7. Pucker, bloat, twirl, & Crystalize
  8. Symbols

Illustrator Techniques

Now, let's make some cool stuff. Choose any 2 of the following.

Raster Painting, Mock-ups, & Effects

Sometimes you just need pixels to accomplish a realistic look. That's where raster editors come in.

Adobe Photoshop


Ps for Photo Editing
  1. Rotate
  2. Burn
  3. Dodge & Sponge
  4. Editing & Enhancing Roundup
Assorted other uses for Ps



3d Rendering


SculptGL

This is a web app and can be found here.
(http://stephaneginier.com/sculptgl/)

Sketchup

Basics

Blender

Again, you really should log into MyBigCampus and request to join the Digital Concept Art group to get to some more advanced videos on whatever tool you may choose to use.

Getting Started: a cup of coffee...

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Go check out these lessons:

Create some stuff

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Publish it with context.