Fundamentals of Environment Design

Fundamentals of Environment Design

  • Price: $699 | Pay with installments.
  • Pre-Reqs: Digital Painting and Environment Sketching or good drawing and digital painting foundations.
  • Materials: Photoshop or Painter, Wacom tablet or equivalent

Course Description:

Whether for film, video games, or digital feature animation, this class will be guiding students on learning what creates a compelling environment from the ground up. We explore fundamentals such as perspective, drawing , storytelling, painting, creating atmosphere, establishing lighting and how we can combine all these different elements for a full scene. By the end of this class, students will have the process and structure to give them the confidence they need to create more solid environments.

Course Format: Standard
Length: 8 Weeks.
Lectures: Pre-Recorded each week
Assignment: Deadlines each week.
Feedback: Individual recorded.
QandA: Once a week
*For classes with less than 6 students feedback may be provided during the live QandA session.



  • Week 1:Introduction to Photoshop, brushes and tools. Here we will do a comprehensive look at the students process in which they paint environments.
  • Week 2:Study on composition, perspective, thumbnailing and value. While adding in atmosphere, students will create a top down map in which they will create environment thumbs from different locations on their map.
  • Week 3:Form language study - We will talk about form language and how it elicits different feelings and moods in environments (call outs, developing overall look and feel of an environment).
  • Week 4:Begin to discuss value and texture. We will also discuss taking a thumbnail to a rendered finish.
  • Week 5:Color and Light — We will begin discussing color and how to apply it to your environment (time of day, season, mood).
  • Week 6:Color / Lighting with an environment (conveying a mood). Discussing different lighting scenarios and how they can affect your designs.
  • Week 7:Advanced Texturing/Brushwork — Learning about soft edges, hard edges, smooth rough surfaces and how it applies to stylizing environments.
  • Week 8:Putting it all together using all the techniques learned in this class.

July 26th, 2017 - Sep. 22nd, 2017 + 2 weeks of content review

Kalen Chock is a Visual Development Artist currently living in the Bay Area. He has always had a strong passion for art and enjoys any means of creative expression. Kalen's client list include: Industrial Light and Magic , Autodesk, Ember Lab, Fantasy Flight, and Virtual Toys in Madrid. Currently Kalen is working on his own tactical RPG with Coda Games that will be released on Steam and PS4. When he is not working he enjoys all things active including: soccer , basketball , and dancing..

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