Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CDA Summer 2016 Schedule Preview~!!!

Hi Everyone,

Our Summer 2016 Schedule Preview is out today~!

The public enrollment is starting up on Sunday, May 1st. The online enrollment store will be updated and reopened at midnight:

If you would be interested in receiving info about our early enrollment opportunities, please sign up for our e-mail list at our contact page:

Thanks for looking and hope to see you this Summer~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Summer 2016 Enrollment Status (updated 4/26/16 10:00AM)

Summer public enrollment starts on May 1st~!!


Analytical Figure Drawing
with Kevin Chen
Analytical Figure Drawing (Tues) with Kevin Chen 
Animal Anatomy with Jonathan Kuo 
Children's Book Illustration with P. Ballesteros
Cinematic Storyboard with Alan WanColor and Lighting with Peter Chan
Composition and Cinematography with Bill Perkins
Costume & Creature Design with Carlo Arellano
Environment Design with Cecil Kim & Gabriel Yeganyan
Figure Invention for Animation with Irineo Maramba
Head & Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen 
Intro to Character Design with Joe Pitt
Intro to Digital Painting with Sherwin Abesamis 
Intro to Environment Design with John Wu
Intro to Form Language with Peter Han 
Intro to Perspective with Polina Hristova 
Intro to Storyboard with Ben Juwono
Key Frame Illustration with Alex Mandradjev
Landscape Painting with James Finch
Sculptural Anatomy with Bryan Lee 
Sketching for Environment with Shae Shatz
Story Development for Animation with Tron Mai
Vehicles and Mechs with John Frye  
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sat) with P. Ballesteros 
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sun) with Peter Han
Vis. Dev. for Animation with Assaf Horowitz 
ZBrush Character Creation with Zachary Berger
Character Design and Illustration with Wesley Burt

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(*** For all Full classes or workshops, there is a waiting list available. Sign up if you wish to be notified when there are any last minute openings from cancellations. Thanks. ***)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Star Wars: Building BB-8 Video

Here is a fun video of Christian Alzmann talking about the design process of BB-8 for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".


Christian is teaching a 1 day workshop at CDA this Saturday, April 9th on the topic of "Character Design for Visual Effects". Make sure to check it out~!!

To sign up, please visit our online enrollment page at:

This is a traditional format workshop where the instructor and students can meet in person at our Pasadena, CA classroom location. Hope you can come join us for the event~!!

Concept Design Academy


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Character Design for Visual Effects" with Christian Alzmann on April 9th~!!!

Hi Everyone,

Christian Alzmann
's "Character Design for Visual Effects" workshop is coming up on April 9th at CDA~!!

Christian is a senior concept artist/art director at ILM and have worked on numerous films such as "Star Wars: Episode 2", "A.I.", "Pirate of Caribbean", "Van Helsing", "Men In Black 2", "Terminator Salvation", "War of the Worlds", "Cowboys & Aliens", "Rango" and most recently "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

In this workshop, Christian will share with us his workflow in creating characters/creatures that serves the story and show the innovating techniques used at ILM to bring the character to life.

This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in designing characters for movies and want to learn how the design get translated into CG or practical effect.

Space is limited, sign up soon and hope to see you at the event~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Friday, March 11, 2016

"CDA Uninstructed Figure Drawing Workshop" - every Sunday, 6PM~9PM

Hi Everyone,

Come join us for the weekly "Uninstructed Figure Drawing Workshop" this Sunday at CDA. 

- Poses range from 3 min. ~15 min. in length.
- Workshop starts 6pm and ends 9pm.
- Tuition is $15 per 3 hour session.
- Water, coffee, snacks, and drawing benches are provided so just bring your own paper and drawing materials to join us. 

We are located at 55 Waverly Dr. Ste 106, Pasadena, CA 91105.

Hope you can make it and we will see you there~!! :) 

Concept Design Academy

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"Composition for Storytelling" workshop with Shiyoon Kim~!!!

Date - Saturday, March 12th, 2016
Time - 2PM~7PM
Tuition - $120
Location - Concept Design Academy
55 Waverly Dr. Ste. 14
Pasadena, CA 91105

*** Update -

The workshop have just been sold out again. Thanks for the quick response.

If you would be interested to be contacted in case there would be more cancellation openings, you can purchase the waiting list tickets here on our online enrollment store:

Hope this will help and thanks for your time~!!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Digital Fantasy Illustration" with Karla Ortiz - Last 2 days left to enrollment~!!

Hi Everyone,

There are only 2 days left to enroll for "Digital Fantasy Illustration" with Karla Ortiz coming up this Saturday, Feb. 27th~!!

Karla will be flying down from SF to share with us her process in creating her memorable Magic card, book covers and film concept illustrations.

Space is limited, so sign up soon and don't miss out on this special event~!


Thanks for your time!

Concept Design Academy