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Environment Sketching for Production

Environment Sketching for Production

An 8-week course focused on creating visual themes for use in a production pipeline
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Sketch a variety of environments

Sketch a variety of environments
Environment Sketching for Production focuses on creating visual themes for use in a production pipeline. Students will learn to create quick thumbnails and develop a final piece that is suited for production needs. Subjects include lighting, style, composition, and visual cues.
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Registration Period
Jul 19, 2023 - Oct 09, 2023
Course Start
Oct 05, 2023

Course Format


Skills Level



8 weeks


Once a week


Individual recordings

Lecture Type

Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Fundamentals of Architecture Design and Environment Sketching
Photoshop (any), Wacom tablet (or equivalent)

The more you know, the better.

Understanding what a vis dev artist does and what they are | Understanding the production pipeline for animated films | Introduction to class with design elements, principles and how they create a proper composition
Designing compositions | Master studies of cinematography | How to stage scenes and learn new drawing techniques for story moments
Creating visual development vs. fine art/illustrative pieces | Adding character to your environments, understanding shape language, taking a realistic thumbnail and transforming it into a style
Understanding motifs between different eras and culture | Organic settings vs. man made elements and how to tie them into your story moment
Drawing stylized organic settings | Understanding perspective in natural elements | Detail vs. realistic rendering in thumbnails
Understanding light logic such as highlights, reflections, cast shadows, core shadows | Explore film studies
Setting up an appropriate mood in an environment | Choosing and staging lighting placement to compliment characters | Rendering and editing details
Tying everything together | Finalizing line drawings and doing final tone painting with digital painting techniques

Igniting your imagination

Visual Development Artist
LECTURES BY Patrick Raines
Course Start: Oct 05, 2023
Patrick is an Illustrator, 2D Layout and Visual Development Artist who has worked for clients such as Disney, Titmouse, Obsidian and more! He currently works at FireForge Games as a Concept Artist on an upcoming online game.

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Jul 19, 2023 - Oct 09, 2023
COURSE BEGINS on Oct 05, 2023
Environment Sketching for Production

What makes this learning experience unique?


Receive personalized feedback on all assignments from the industry’s top professionals.


Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.


Show off your Certification of Completion when you turn in 80% of course assignments.


Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with flexible, online course scheduling.


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