Dynamic Shapes for VisDev with Lea Pinto


Sign ups open Monday, October 2nd!

Learn the fundamentals of shape design applied to visual development! In this 8-week class, we’ll learn how to create stylized paintings that can be applied to work in film, games, and TV. We’ll learn how to have control over your reference, how to use value effectively so that your shape decisions have the most impact, and the best way to study and improve. There will be a combination of demos, lectures and homework assignments that we’ll review in class.

We’ll cover:
The importance of understanding your references & the importance of taking the time to take good references and where to find these (art is everywhere!)
How to interpret instead of copying your references
The importance of testing / being curious / failing
How to build your own artistic path

Duration: 8 weeks
Date & Time: Starts Sunday January 7, every Sunday at 9:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern
Skill level: All skill levels welcome
Tiers: Receive feedback or spectate without homework feedback
Format: 4 hour live class with combination of lectures, demos, and feedback. Recordings will be provided within 24 hours of each class.
Materials: Any digital or traditional mediums. Paintovers will be done digitally.

All weeks will be a combination of lecture, demos and feedback.

Week 1: Introduction, life experiences & student introductions
Week 2: How to understand & deconstruct your references + studies
Week 3: How to understand & deconstruct several art directions + studies
Week 4: Testing several process to learn more about yourself to create your own artistic path + talking about my own current process (SHAPES *0*)
Week 5: Gathering references about art direction / lighting / design etc to prepare your own painting (build solid house foundations) – I will give a brief to follow
Week 6: How to use your references to create B/W compositions
Week 7: How to use your references to go from grayscale to color
Week 8: Final render & post production effects

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Léa Pinto is a concept artist and background painter working for clients such as Sony Pictures Animation, Pinkman.TV, Netflix, and HBOMAX.