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Concept Art: Drawing Imaginary Worlds

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Storyteller

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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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wow it covers so much super useful information! thanks
I liked the course overall, even if the prospective on the example piece were a bit off...great work though.
Very complete, worth the time, and exhaustive in its explanation. Great class!

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Ira Marcks

Illustrator / Storyteller

 

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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