Visual Development: Principles of Design

Visual Development:
Principles of Design

6 Week Workshop

Course Length: 6 weeks with Live Q&As
Start Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 (Summer 2019)
Price: $899 *

*Includes a non-refundable $100 registration fee
Seats are limited

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Visual Development Artists Create New Worlds

Visual Development Artists—also called Concept Artists—have a huge impact across the entire entertainment industry, from animation, to live-action films, to video games, and beyond! Their artistic visions help to bring some of the most iconic characters and worlds to a global audience.

Visual Development Artists determine the tone, mood, color scheme, and more for all the characters, environments, clothes, and objects in a film, game, or TV show. They dream up completely new worlds and bring them to life in the form of concept art, drawings and paintings that embody the creative vision for the project.

Learning the fundamental principles of visual development is an important first step. The foundation of visual development is shape design. Understanding not only the importance of designing with shapes, but also how best to use shapes to actually create what you’re envisioning is important. Shape design is among the most essential foundational skills used by any Visual Development Artist: Concept Artists, Character Designers, Environment Designers, etc.

An example of breaking down an image into shapes

Whether you’re interested in pursuing character or environment design, becoming a concept artist, or you’re an animator hoping to strengthen your poses and overall skills, mastering the fundamental principles of design is a worthwhile goal. The techniques, theories, and skills you’ll learn in this workshop can be applied to any visual or spatial medium: games, virtual reality, animation, you-name-it.

Industry Professionals Mentor You to Be Successful

Animation Mentor mentor Nolan Lee
Nolen Lee

Nolen is a civil-engineer-turned-freelance-artist and the creator of Punching Pandas!

Tuesdays | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Pacific Time

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Who is This Workshop For?

  • Open to English speaking students who are 18 years or older
  • Designed for anyone interested in a career path in concept art or visual development
  • Any animator who wants to know more about the visual development stages of the animation pipeline
  • Students should have some basic drawing skills

Workshop Format

  • 6 week online workshop so you can learn at home on your own time
  • This workshop meets for one live lesson with your mentor every week
  • Each week you’ll get a recorded video critique of your assignment so you can refer back to it anytime
  • There are no grades for this workshop


  • Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of class
  • Have a good understanding of the English language
  • Have intermediate software computer skills, and meet the minimum computer system requirements
  • Painting software preferred for assignments (Photoshop or equivalent). Students may work traditionally if desired, but must be able to photograph or scan assignments
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