id508 CGWorkshops

Introduction to Environment Design for Games and Film

Course Details

  • 14 Jul 2014 - 08 Sep 2014
  • Current Fee: $599 USD

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Course Overview

During this 8 week digital painting workshop you will learn how to paint environment concept art for games and film. The course will be heavily focused on developing the fundamentals of your painting skills. Simon Scales takes you through, step-by-step, the process of learning how to paint and design in Photoshop. Topics that will be covered in-depth throughout the course are: composition, value, perspective, color theory, painting with colour, creating color palettes and a strong emphasis on design and shape language.

This course is for people who are beginning to paint either traditionally or digitally in Photoshop right through to those who are at an intermediate level but would like a more solid grounding in the foundations of painting and composition.

During the 8 weeks of the course Simon will guide you through a methodical learning process to build up your understanding of how and WHAT to learn to be able to paint well. Learn how to paint and render spheres and cubes, paint still life, create thumbnails and value studies. Learn about painting and drawing in perspective. Learn about the principles that can help you composit and how this can influence your painting and decision making process.

Each week you will be set homework with a clear outcome in mind and each week you will build on the previous weeks' learning. Toward the end of the course you will be painting in full colour. Simon will share with you his Photoshop brushes, tool presets and templates throughout the course for you to work with. Each week this workshop features a LIVE webinar session where you can ask questions and receive personal, one-on-one feedback on your assignments. These will be recorded for those who can't make it.

This course is a pathway to ADVANCED ENVIRONMENT DESIGN FOR GAMES with Simon Scales.

Here's what previous students have said about Simon's "Environment Design for Games" CGWorkshop:


"During the course Simon gave excellent feedback for all the work submitted. Sometimes he did some over-painting and for those that could not be over-painted he worked them directly on the Webinar. The Webinars were just brilliant!" - Jhonny Bello, student August 2012

"You get alot of nice tips/trick along the way, including  great videos and VERY cool Webinars each week where feedback is given live on your picture (webinar available on forum later)." - Jesper Eirstrom, student August 2012

"Simon Scales is a great teacher…who allowed me to learn a great method of work and increase my level a lot in just 8 weeks." - Massimo Porcella, student January 2012

"I took Simon's "Enviroment design for games". I'm in week 8 now and it's brilliant. You learn a lot picking Simon's brain, and he let you in on some very interesting tricks and techniques." - Karim Galal, student January 2012

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  • Simon Scales

    Simon Scales is a freelance video game concept artist and matte painter based in Australia.

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