The Art of Color and Light

The Art of Color and Light

  • Price: $699 | Pay with installments.
  • 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.

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:

    The Importance Of Values, Part 1: Designing A Picture

  • -    An in depth look at how values can be arranged to form the DNA of a picture
  • -    Various methods of designing and composing within a frame
  • -    How to reduce any subject matter to simple, abstract shapes and patterns
  • -    What good shapes are, and how to evaluate and design them on your own
  • Week 2:

    The Importance Of Values, Part 2: Painting Form

  • -    The next step of value use: using it to indicate light and form
  • -    A thorough look at light and shadow, and how they act in families
  • -    A simple system for reducing values into a usable system
  • -    The various properties of light hitting form: light, shadow, halftones, highlights, reflected light, & dark accents
  • -    How edges work, and how to manipulate them
  • -    How light works on both the portrait and the landscape
  • -    A further breakdown of the power of simple shapes
  • Week3:

    Color Temperature

  • -    Nature's color theory: warm vs. cool (the color theory that unifies every good painting)
  • -    An introduction to how color temperature works, and how colors work in relation to each other
  • -    An in depth look into the concept of grays, and subtle color modulations
  • -    How to achieve color harmony in any palette
  • -    The basic temperatures and properties of common light sources in nature
  • Week4:

    Color Keys

  • -    A look at commonly used palettes. How & why they are effective
  • -    How to design your own palette
  • -    A further look at warm vs. cool color temperatures working together
  • -    A breakdown of how atmospheric perspective works, and how to paint it
  • -    Introduction to color keys. What they are, and why they are critical in the art production industry
  • -    How to approach painting light simply and directly in a color key
  • -    Studies of effective film color key art
  • Week5:

    Concept Art, Part 1: Planning

  • -    How to combine all the lessons so far into planning an effective image
  • -    Ranges of contrast: high contrast, low contrast, and a variety of value-accents
  • -    Different lighting effects used in cinema and photography to create mood and message
  • -    Various compositions and methods of visual storytelling through looking at modern production art
  • Week6:

    Concept Art, Part 2: Painting The Final

  • -    Six painting demonstrations
  • -    Sketchbook study from life using watercolor & gouache
  • -    Watercolor plein air painting
  • -    Painting a conceptual landscape directly and solving problems as they arise
  • -    Executing a more planned illustration
  • -    Local color and how it factors into the light colors that influence it
  • -    Dealing with multiple light sources
  • Week7:

    Materials And Mark-Making

  • -    The effect of light on different materials (shiny, matte, translucent, hair, glass, subsurface scattering)
  • -    Comprehensive breakdown of materials used in master paintings
  • -    How materials can be indicated rather than rendered
  • -    How to use Photoshop's toolsets for organic, traditional-looking, painterly effects
  • -    How to make your own custom brushes
  • -    A further look at edges and the wide variety of ways to create them
  • -    How to find your voice as an artist
  • Week8:

    Master Study (with a twist)

  • -    Light falloff: how it affects both light and color
  • -    Getting even more out of your palette
  • -    Looking at a different way of studying from the masters
  • -    A method of using layers in photoshop to produce tighter, more graphic paintings
  • -    How great paintings combine the painting fundamentals and an abstract sense of individualized expression

February 3rd, 2018 - April 8th 2018 + 4 weeks of content review

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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February 3rd, 2018 - April 8th 2018 + 4 weeks of 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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