Friday, January 23, 2015

"Intro to Comics" with Rad Sechrist - Last 2 Spot Remaining~!!

Last 2 spots remaining for "Intro to Comics" class with Rad Sechrist~!!!

This class covers the basics of creating a simple story, character development and composing your page to tell a story visually through the medium of comic/graphic novel. Great class for anyone who want to learn how to develop their own story ideas, create the visuals and present it in an affordable format.

Sign up soon before all the seats are filled~!!

PS - Here are some samples from Rad Sechrist's comic works and teaching notes, check it out~

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Visual Development for Animation" with Rustam Hasanov~!!

Hi Everyone,

We are about to start our next portfolio review* this Saturday for "Visual Development for Animation" with Rustam Hasanov.

This is a great class for artist who are interested in developing a portfolio for animation visual development position. Topics such as creating visual direction, character design, prop design and background design will be covered in the many in class demos and assignments.

Sign up soon and hope to see you in class~!! :)

* For portfolio submission details, please visit our website at:

Friday, January 16, 2015

"Story Development for Animation" with Tron Mai - Last chance to sign up~!!!

Fresh off from the Golden Globe win and Oscar Nomination, "How to Train your Dragon 2" story artist, Tron Mai will be teaching a feature animation story development/storyboard class at CDA.

As of today, we are getting very close to making our final student selections for the class this weekend.

If you are interested to study with Tron and learn how to storyboard for feature animation, this is your chance.

*** Tron is planning to teach his "Story Development, the Sequel" class this summer, so this might be the last chance to study with him to get in on his "part 1" storyboard class in 2015. ***

So don't wait, sign up soon and submit your portfolio link before Saturday, 6pm deadline this weekend to apply for the class~!! :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

CDA Spring 2015 Schedule Release & Enrollment Starts Today~!!

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year~!!!

Our Spring 2015 brochure have just been released and public enrollment is starting up now~!!

To enroll, please visit our online store at:

For the latest enrollment status update, visit our status page at:

We have an exciting line up of great classes and workshops coming up. Space is limited, sign up soon and hope we will see you in the coming Spring term~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Spring 2015 Term Schedule Sneak Preview~!!

CDA Spring 2015 Schedule Preview is out today~!!

We have a great line up with many instructors returning along with some faces joining us this term:

New instructors:
- Marcos Mateu-Mestre ("Composition for Visual Storytellers" workshop)
- Ben Juwono ("Intro to Storyboard" class)

Returning instructors
- Darren Quach ("Vehicle & Mechs" class)
Rad Sechrist ("Intro to Comics" class)
- Bruno Werneck ("Environment Design" class)
- Jose Lopez ("Intro to Character Design" class)
- Joshua James Shaw ("Character Design 2" class)
- Carlo Arellano ("Hero Design for Video Games" workshop)  
- Robh Ruppel ("Graphic L.A. - Digital Landscape" workshop) 

If you are interested in joining in on early enrollment opportunity, make sure to visit the "contact" page on our website to be added to our e-mail list for more information.

Thanks again for your interest and looking forward to see you all in the New Year~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Friday, December 12, 2014

Spring 2015 Enrollment Status (updated 1/22/15 10:30PM)

Animal Anatomy with Jonathan Kuo
Character Design 2 with Joshua James Shaw
Costume & Creature Design with Jerad Marantz
Environment Design with Bruno Werneck - 4 spots left
Head & Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen - 3 spots left
Intro to Comics with Rad Sechrist - 2 spots left
Intro to Environment Design with Brian Yam - 5 spots left
Intro to Figure Painting with Gary Cornell 
Intro to Perspective with Polina Hristova - 1 spot left
Intro to Story Development with Louie Del Carmen - 3 spots left
Intro to Vehicle Design with John Frye
Landscape Painting with James Martin
Intro to Character Design with Jose Lopez - 5 spots left
Modo for Concept Design with Vaughan Ling
Zbrush Character Creation with Ian Joyner

Vis. Dev. for Animation with Rustam Hasanov - accepting portfolio

Composition for Visual Storytellers with Marcos Mateu-Mestre
Graphic L.A. - Digital Painting with Robh Ruppel
Hero Design for Video Games with Carlo Arellano

Analytical Figure Drawing (Sun) with Kevin Chen - Full 
Analytical Figure Drawing (Tues) with Kevin Chen - Full 
Composition & Cinematography with Bill Perkins - Full
Digital Illustration with Ryan Lang - Full 
Figure Invention for Animation with Normand Lemay - Full
Intro to Digital Painting with Sherwin Abesamis - Full
Intro to Form Language with Peter Han - Full
Intro to Storyboard with Ben Juwono - Full
Sketching for Environment with Ed Li - Full  
Vehicle & Mechs with Darren Quach - Full 
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sat) with P. Ballesteros - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sun) with Peter Han - Full

Story Dev for Animation with Tron Mai - Full

(*** 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. ***)

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Environment & Lighting" workshop with Khang Le this Saturday~!!!

Last chance to sign up for "Environment & Lighting" workshop with Khang Le.
Workshop starts this Saturday~!!!

Date - Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2014
Time - 2PM ~ 7PM
Tuition - $120

In this workshop, Khang will share with us his working methods and techniques in creating a rich world with history/atmosphere through the use of environment & lighting design. Examples showing how lighting can affect the composition and mood of an environment design will be shown and illustrated during the in class demo.

To sign up, visit our online store at:

Hope to see you there~!!