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Concept ART for beginners

teacher avatar Sofia Benevolenskaya

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6 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Starting

    • 3. Thumbnails

    • 4. Midway

    • 5. Finishing

    • 6. End

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Create and follow through the process of creating concept art. Starting from the very bottom of trying to find the inspiration for the piece, doing thumbnails, moving to digital and having a finished piece (or a finalised sketch). Help you with some tips and short cuts in photoshop.

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1. Introduction: so Hello. Welcome to the beginning with journey to start creating concept card on. And my name is Sofia, and I hope I can help you out and guide you through the process of creating a concept art. Um my that be a fantasy world. Fantastic creatures characters. Or you just came by to see if you could learn something that you don't already know about. Digital ardent water shop. So what is Concept? Part Dictionary provides a definition for concept art as being a form off illustration used to convey on idea for using film, video games, animation, comic books and other media is before it is put into the final product insured concept. A constant Artis. Extremely detailed visual representation of the environment. Question characters in generally off base. But you a story. Um it is the visualization of the story that is done before the final bottom. So in films, first it would be the concept or to give the director and everybody else was working on the film. The idea off what the lights are gonna be. What color is there gonna be? You would creatures? What costumes? Literally everything. And then, um, like the feel off the movie, and then it's they like the whole The rest of the team is gonna move in and decide on the finer details. So who can do Who can do it? Basically, anyone and everyone who is interested can do concept. Or many, of course, that it's believed that the illustrators, but in reality he could be digital digital artist, graphic designers, fine artists, just you name it, um, any kind of artist can do it. It's very demanding and very hard to do. But if you're interested it, why not try then where and with what? IHS Constant art made concept art. It's usually don it digitally because digital and just generally digital platforms, it's extremely easy to alter mistakes and finalize it. Change colors, Um, and it's usually usually happens extremely easy and extremely quickly. So that's why digital media is used like brought a shop, digital programs like photo Shop and many others. That's just out there. So in this lesson, I will ask the same of the beginners. I will start from the very beginning finding the inspiration, sketching, then moving on to the digital version, digital platform sketching there. Maybe if you want to or moving straight into it and then finishing the concept or bringing it to the point that satisfies you. So yeah, but let's get started. 2. Starting: everything in the artistic process starts the same way you haven't. You having an idea? Uh, these ideas come may come a Gundam and be spontaneous. Uh, or maybe it may be a very specific one. So you thought of it for a very, very long time. I was just looking for inspiration to actually started. You can get inspired by literally anything and everything from like looking out of the window and seeing a flower or a person walking to going through the book and reading something from it. However, here and now, let's focus on the finding The idea for the practice off the concept art eso way. We will be looking for the idea. So we'll be looking for something to inspire us. These ideas can be found in everything. And the easiest thing is to go on Pinterest and type in concept port or illustration, and looking at what you like what you like to see what you like looking at like it could be the environment. It could be character design. It could be product design. It could be literally anything that you like in particular. Well, I'll be looking at environments. Another good thing to look at is art station. It's an amazing website that where you can find the inspiration and see professional pieces from the actual artists find inspiration. It's It's a hard job to do, and you need to focus on something that you love doing and seeing. So sometimes it could be specific artist. So, like, let's let let's take wash can be Lloyd or something off a particular style, a particular environment. So, like forests, oceans something that you're very, very passionate about. And that's the easiest way to find the information off the inspiration. Don't worry about plagiarizing something from something or someone you see. And don't be afraid to draw that piece that already exists because they're so I was just going to stay in your book. Second of all, probably nobody's gonna see it anyway, and you will learn something from it, and he will give you some ideas. Another very good way to get inspired is to go through the books with illustrations, the one that you have at home, for example, or the comic books if you're in. If you love comic books and get ideas from there, film books, so like I don't know the art of Disney, The art of DreamWorks, the art of how to train your dragon and those kind of books. If you have them, it will give you the ideas if you But if you look too too long for the inspiration, it will start to kind of get into you and you will start doubting yourself. So just do a quick flip through glance through just something that catches your eye and then take that as an inspiration for something that you wanted you. And don't think too much about something else that can potentially stop you from doing the idea. Just get the pencil and get drawing. 3. Thumbnails: choosing in doing some nails. Choosing a thing theme can always be tricky, because you can like a few different ideas, a few different things a to the same time. In this case, just sketching and doing thumbnails will help you decide on what you like in particular, or what works best while you're browsing through interest or station or flipping through a book, try doing small sketches on a piece of paper, horn, sketchbook or whatever is next to you and, uh, see how it goes. Try. Don't be. Don't be afraid to copy someone's work because it can spike the imagination. You and you can find something interesting, even though you may think that's waitress. And don't don't be afraid. Thes sketches must be kept rough and quick. You can add a bit of sheeting if you want for the depth of the drawing, but they're not necessary. If you don't want to, you can do them in anything in pen, pencil colored pencil crayons. I don't know whatever is next year, they are just there to guide you on, or basically like Grantham for your ideas. Don't go into details in these thumbnails. You and make make them very quick under, Let's say, under three minutes time. Nailing points is is essential, and you should push through it during many thumbnails, even through even though you may feel like it's not working out as you wanted, pushing through it through them is very important. Just you main miss an interesting concept that you can potentially like more than what you have drawn through. It's always that kind of thing. When you draw your drinks, you doing thumbnails and you feel like I was not going anywhere. I just I might as well just stop. This is the point where you have to pick up a pencil, have to look for something and start drawing dance. It's when you run out of your own ideas, so just mindlessly take somebody else's. They didn't just sketch it out. Just yeah, just sketch it out, sketches on the piece of paper very roughly, so that you can, like get the few of the lines or draw something that you're very, very comfortable with to get the imagination flowing. The family healing process also gives you the advantage off having multiple storylines, and in case one fails, you always have another one just just right next to it. So it's just about having less called Plan B engaged. Something doesn't work out. Remember, these sketches must not look good or peeling and not, and may not even like. Not every single person should understand what's on them as long as you got the idea down, as long as you understand what's what you have. Drone. As long as he had pushed your inspired you or you have got a more clear idea what's going on, then we're good to go. So, like in my process, I started by just having a general lines output on the paper for guidance. I drew out a few sketches that I didn't particularly like, although I thought I like those concepts. But when it came to actually drawing them turns out not so much. That's why it's important to have a lot of thumbnails and pushing through the process. One of those sketches was actually the sketch for, like, my first concept art piece that I'm, but I didn't I feel like I wanted to redraw it so or dried from another perspective, so I kind of moved on. Here's a tip. Never draw something that you think you like, don't force your hand if it does. If it doesn't feel right from the start, don't do it. It's about you trusting your gut. So at some point I had no clue off what I wanted to draw. So I browse through Pinterest, dropping down a few sketches until I found something interesting. Got us. I did copy the rough concept, but this is the example where somebody else's concept gets inspires somebody else to draw a different concept, even though it since everything is this by done something. So it's technically, everything is kind of plagiarized from someone else is just your own perspective given to the similar piece. So this concept had pushed me to alter it and make it my own by adding a few details by changing the layout by changing some of the things after having after doing the small thumbnails, I did a bigger one in more in depth and more clean for the guidance as because I wanted to do it digitally. I opened for the shop, the main drawing program that I use, but you can use other pro programs if you want. In photo shop, I made the workspace of a four and filled it with the brownish color. It's always advice to draw on 50% gray or any other color off, like 50% so that it's not very dark. It's not. It's not dark, it's not. Why, Because then you will have a better perspective about a field towards both the whites and darks, and they'll look better and you will feel easier to draw on 50% gray, for example, event on just plain white. It's also easy on the eyes. I made two more free sketches off the same concert, but from different, different compositions to like different points of view, and I like the 1st 1 more so it's time to put in a full page. 4. Midway: After choosing the concept composition and drawing it out big, you need to think off the colors that you will use. These girls may depend on the preset color scheme that was chosen for you at random. Or it can be inspired by fantasy world where everything is the wrong color. Or they can be realistic or portray a certain mood or environment. Choose one main color, which will fill most of the space like brownish orange. Using different shades and values of this color, you can fill the whole page and make it more. Give it a bit a bit more volume, so but you see what's actually happening in the in the piece, roughly filling the page so that you have an idea of what is happening and where the light is coming from and where the shade is. After having blocked colors down, you can also put down the accent colors. So in my case, is the reddish color, the very bright color with sunset. You should never go overboard with these colors, because if there are do many off them and too much to too many colors and used, the eye gets lost and the piece looks out of sync and also starts to a global money at some point and not as appealing as if you had one main color and an accents off school like different breads in it, you can use more than more than two colors obvious. See, there's like different combinations for that, but I should stick to two. Don't get discouraged by how the peace may look now, because you have only started in the process of putting the colors down. If you want to experiment, try using different brushes and different textures. You can download brushes for free or buy them. If you want a specific, specific brushes of a specific artists, they're extremely easy to find online, and you can also create the brushes yourself so very easy to do. So let's let's talk short cuts. It is now the moment where you would want to work on the peace continuously without having to look and move your pen out of the place that you're drawing on. And, for example, to find a specific color, I will give you a few shortcuts for some of the main aspect when using the brush to. So if you are, are on the map. Holding control old and moving the mouse from left to right will alter the brush size. Holding the same keys and moving the tool up and down will alter the brushes. Age hardness and in some cases of the brushes are what it will just alter the capacity off the brush. Holding control Old command will give you the colors square. For some reason, I don't know why it's the square where you can pick new colors and in truth I find available difficult to use. But it is helpful to know, and it does help, sometimes too quickly. Sample the color. Hold the old key. If you want to change the color off the layer where you make it, make a darker, lighter, more or less saturated. First command you and this will give you a box with sliders, where you can play around and figure out what best suits your drawing. Come on, T will transform well free. Transform the project the object so you can enlarge in larger than make it smaller. Unfortunately, the shortcut doesn't allow you to doesn't allow you more than the basics, so if you want you alter it further you need to go to edit and then look for transform on. They will have different versions off the transfer off, like what you can do with transform. Then there is the standard shortcuts, which is a common set for undue comment. S for safe B for brush Teoh. And that's actually quite important because sometimes you miss a key and press usually X or said, and it will give you the wrong tool. So if you just press be, it will return it back to the brush. These shortcuts. I find them extremely useful and extremely easy and quickly to use, especially when you're working. Continue C on something. So, yeah, it will take sometimes to get used to these short cuts, but they are definitely the ones that I use the most in the ones that make my drawing life so much easier. 5. Finishing: the project has now gained color and value. The most essential part is behind and now is just the match off, finishing and bringing the project to the extent that you want to see it at using different modes and the on the layers panel, you can make interesting effects with the layers on top of the above. This can add to your drawing, but they will always. It'll depend on what you like, so just lie around with them. I was also advised to have textures on the drawings, and you can download them from the Internet and place a just and transform them the way you like and use the layering process. And that's when the layering process comes and play around with different adjustments. Layers under the normal on the layer panel and photo shop, you will have, like multiply. I'd like all of that to just play around with it and see what works and what doesn't. Don't forget that you can also alter the capacity on the layers itself so that some things maybe not as bright and will be see through. If you want that effect, you will. You can add to the picture and it's just very useful thing that everybody seems to forget about. But sometimes it does save a drawing. Feel free to our details and more shading. If you want to have dramatic white and just the feel or the peace, this part is up to you to decide when, when and what you would want to do with it and how far you want to take it. Remember to not go too far off from the original sketch and the colors because you will look messy. I personally when doing things for practice and for my own don't necessarily finish the drawing still his spotless and look and it looks professional. Remember, this process from start to finish is extremely long and hard and doesn't just take that minutes to complete, and the quickest you can get to a semi finished result is after a few hours off. And that's usually just polishing off some details, having the right light having everything in place. That's a few. It will take a few hours to have a good looking, but don't let that scare you, because at the end of it, no matter how good the end is, you are doing it for yourself, especially if you're doing it for practice, and especially if you're just starting off during concept or it's just for the fun of it. You are just doing it for yourself to practice. And don't forget to save your project. That's the most essential fight. 6. End: us to recap we have gotten from an empty piece of paper to a thumbnail off a place that doesn't exist to a digital version. Finished with Colors, light and the story behind the newborn piece. And you have learned, I hope, a few useful shortcuts to use and for a shop, go play around with the layer settings. There are no specific rules of how you want to use it, and it's just the march off preference. Eso I cannot tell you what use in terms of the layer settings, so just play around. Photo Shop is an enormous program where you can get lost very easily and to get to know it will take years. So don't feel like you know the program, which just we just barely scratched the surface of it for just the easiest parts to make something to look complete, or something that will satisfy you and satisfied the learning process. There is always more to learn, so if you're interested in for a shop and just generally their settings and stuff, go see another tutorials about for a shop. Remember that even if your project wasn't finished to the extent that you wanted don't be disappointed. Leave it. Come to it later if you want. I personally prefer working on and coming up with the ideas, and I'm not so much focusing on the finished products all the time. For some people, it's about the journey and the new things that you can learn while you're doing it. So especially this one try practicing concept are practicing during just digital illustration. It's especially physic for yourself, and you're doing it as a hobby. For example, just play around with settings. You will find something that works for you because for every single person it's different. And I can give you the shortcuts and tips advice on how to operate for a shop and give you ideas on how you can start the projects and the very minimum you need you to do to have a finished piece. But it is always up to you and up to a person to decide on the final results and what they would want to see. I hope that this lesson had brought you some ideas, showing you ways you can start a project, give you more knowledge about photo shop, and I hope you have found it useful. So feel free to share what you have made. Thank you very much