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Concept Art: Drawing Imaginary Worlds

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Cartoonist

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18 Videos (1h 28m)
    • Introduction

      1:14
    • Reality meets Fantasy

      1:47
    • Questioning Existence

      3:40
    • When Where What & Why

      3:11
    • The Nature of Time

      7:28
    • Environmental Effects

      3:16
    • Details of Civilization Part 1

      1:19
    • Details of Civilization Part 2

      6:20
    • Distribution of Power

      3:45
    • Cultural Values

      3:35
    • Designing Technology

      4:00
    • Signs from Other Worlds

      3:04
    • The Right Ingredients

      2:36
    • Finding Framing, Drawing Depth

      13:27
    • Inking with Character

      9:44
    • Tonal Planes

      8:00
    • Color Scheme

      10:06
    • Class Project & Wrap Up

      1:39
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About This Class

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Have you ever looked at a drawing of a strange alien world or futuristic city and wondered: How did someone come up with that crazy idea? Me too!

Concept art usually refers to world-building artwork used to inspire the development of a bigger project. It's an approach to drawing utilized by visual artists, authors, game designers, filmmakers and many creative storytellers. For me, it's a way to mix real-life and imagination and bring new depth to a drawing.

Here are the topics I'll be covering:

  • World Building
  • Utilizing Fantasy/Sci-Fi Tropes
  • Finding Inspiration
  • Gathering References
  • Planning a Composition
  • Illustrating Depth
  • Styling Line Art
  • Using Tonal Planes
  • Choosing Colors

All you'll need for this class is a pencil and paper but I'm working in Clip Studio Paint for visual clarity.

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This class is well thought out, and really helped me get out of my comfort zone, artistically. I loved all of the little tips that Ira gave, and he is a fantastic teacher. I definitely recommend you check this class out, no matter your art style!
I enjoyed it very much and will come back to it in the future for sure.
great tips on thorough world building, emotions and logical consistency in design as well as tonal, composition and colour pallet tips.

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Ira Marcks

Illustrator / Cartoonist

 

My name's Ira. I'm a cartoonist/illustrator living in Upstate NY with my wife, dog, two cats and lots of books. In my classes, I explore ways to create meaningful illustrations and tell stronger stories.

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