Booms & Blasts: Part 1

Concept Art

Begin your visual effects journey by designing concept art for some of the most-requested effects in games and film, including fire explosions, wispy clouds, lightning zaps, and gooey splats!

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Course Overview

Learn the fundamentals of design, shape, color, and value as you create concept art for a variety of popular visual effects!

What's Included

Lessons + Source Files

Welcome To Class!

Watch these introductory videos to get you on-boarded and prepared, and totally psyched for what's to come! (2 lessons) 

  1. Orientation
  2. More things to know
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Guiding Principles

A high-level introduction to inform your efforts while creating compelling VFX concept art. (1 lesson)

  1. Guiding Principles Lecture
Artist: Jason Keyser
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Photoshop Fundamentals

These 4 videos cover the basics of Photoshop, and are available on YouTube. The full playlist is embedded here. (4 lessons)

  1. Photoshop for VFX Artists - 1: Tools
  2. Photoshop for VFX Artists - 2: Layers
  3. Photoshop for VFX Artists - 3: Adjustments
  4. Photoshop for VFX Artists - 4: Pro Tips
Artist: Jason Keyser
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Photoshop Painting Techniques

Watch & learn: In this quick demo series, you'll see a variety of the painting techniques that David Shovlin uses in the concept art tutorials. (4 lessons)

  1. Intro + Fire Technique
  2. Wisp Technique
  3. Zap Technique
  4. Goo Technique
Artist: David Shovlin
Instructor: David Shovlin

Fire Explosion

Learn how to make a fiery explosion, and follow along in Photoshop! (4 lessons) 

  1. [version 1] Thumbnails
  2. [version 1] Painting + Commentary
  3. [version 2] Painting + Commentary
  4. 5_Fire_Explosion_Paintover_Jeff_Gates
Artist: David Shovlin
Instructors: David Shovlin & Jason Keyser

Wispy Cloud

Learn how to paint a magical wisp from the nether realm, with a punchy inner light, and ambient cast light hitting the outer edges! (1 lesson)

  1. Painting + Commentary
Artist: David Shovlin
Instructors: David Shovlin & Jason Keyser

Lightning Zap

Learn how to create sharp shapes full of energy, and the importance of sometimes using more than one concept painting to convey an idea. (2 lessons)

  1. Thumbnails
  2. Painting + Commentary
Artist: David Shovlin
Instructors: David Shovlin & Jason Keyser

Goo Splat

Learn the unique surface qualities of a substance that scatters light inside its mass as you follow along with David Shovlin painting this toxic gooey splatter. (2 lessons)

  1. Thumbnails
  2. Painting + Commentary
Artist: David Shovlin
Instructors: David Shovlin & Jason Keyser

BONUS - Elemental Illustration

Learn how Jeremy Anninos painted the compelling splash illustration for the VFX Apprentice website. (1 lesson)

  1. Time Lapse + Commentary
Artist: Jeremy Anninos
Instructors: Jeremy Anninos

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Booms & Blasts: Part 2

Particle Animation

Watch your concept art come to life, as you design handcrafted visual effects using the premier tools of the trade.

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Booms & Blasts: Part 1
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