The Art of Color and Light

The Art of Color and Light

  • Price: $699
  • Pre-Reqs: Good drawing foundations and Digital Painting
  • Materials: Photoshop (any), Wacom tablet or equivalent

Course Description:

The Art of Color and Light is an exploration in the properties of color and light under a variety of conditions. This is an essential stage in concept art that develops mood and communicates the narrative of the story by means of visual cues.



  • Week 1: Value: Where visual development fits into the picture of an animation pipeline. Difference between design and color.
    -    How visual storytelling enhances narratives.
    -    Designing a painting using a value structure.
    -    Ranges of contrast: High contrast, low contrast, show high/low key with different accents.
  • Week 2: Principles of Color and Light
    -    Lighting Principles: Key light, fill light, reflected/bounce light, ambient occlusion.
    -    Shadow Principles: core and cast shadows, contact points.
    -    What is Local Color?  
    -    Color relationships: How colors interact with one another based on types of light, strengths, and temperatures.
  • Week 3: Micro and Macro Painting
    -    Texture painting and Matte Painting: the micro and macro of entertainment      
    -    Micro: The effect of light on different materials, at a close range (Shiny, Matte, Translucent, Subsurface scattering)
    -    Macro: The effect of light on materials, at a distant range (Use of atmospheric perspective to create emotion)
    -    Different lighting effects used in cinema and photography to create scale and distance through atmospheric perspective.
  • Week 4: Designing and composing colors
    -   Enhancing the impact colors will have through design and composition.
    -    Design and composition principles: 1. Big/medium/small; 2. Foreground/mid-ground/background; 3. Golden thirds; 4. Scale by comparison; 5. Negative space; 6. Rhythm; 7. Flow; 8. Focal point.
  • Week 5: Color Harmonies in Time of Day
  • -   Unifying colors for a time of day: 1. General sky color for time of day, night; 2. Color Temperatures (The warms and cools of each color).
    -   Creating focal point by contrast and color.
  • Week 6: Color Theory
    -    Color creates emotion: Generally accepted theories about color and the emotions they produce. Color schemes, How to achieve emotions needed for storytelling.
  • Week 7: Bringing a Painting to a Finish
    -    Taking a key to a finish: Taking a simple image and adding complexities.
  • Week 8: Bringing a Painting to a Finish
    -    Techniques for finessing and finishing an image.

Jul. 25th, 2016 - Sep. 21st, 2016 + 2 weeks for content review

Kristy Kay is an Los Angeles based painter/designer, currently working as a Visual Development artist at Sony Pictures Animation. In the past, she painted alongside Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo on Oscar Nominated Short Film, The Dam Keeper. Her other studio credits include Laika/House, Nickelodeon, and Mandoo Pictures.

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Marco Bucci began his training as a fine artist, following in the traditions and methods of contemporary oil painters such as Scott Christensen, Morgan Weistling, and Richard Schmid. For the past decade, Marco's commercial experience has ranged widely: from animation, to advertising, film, and picture books. He has worked as a lead color artist for companies such as Disney Publishing Worldwide, LucasArts, Mattel, GURU Studio, and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures. Marco currently freelances from his home studio in Toronto, Canada.

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