Sunday, May 24, 2015

New Instructor - "Landscape Painting" with Peter Chan~!!!

Hi Everyone,

We are very happy to announce Peter Chan will be coming in and teach the Landscape Painting course at CDA this Summer~!!

In case you are not familiar with Peter’s work. He is a very talented visual development artist with former clients including Dreamworks and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Some of his past film projects include “Hotel Transylvania” & “How to Train Your Dragon 2”.

Bellow are some links to Peter’s design and landscape painting works for your reference. Check it out :)

Peter’s design/illustration works:

Peter’s landscape painting works:

With Peter’s vis dev background, it makes his class a great option for any students interested in learning color and lighting for the use of visual development or narrative design work.

Space is limited so sign up soon~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free Marshall Vandruff Workshop on May 30th at AI Inland Empire~!!!

Hi Everyone,

I got good news~!!

Marshall Vandruff will be offering a free workshop at AI Inland Empire on Saturday, May 30th at 1PM:

Marshall designed this workshop as a compliment event to the "3 Day Composition Workshop" coming up on June 5-7 at Concept Design Academy:

This is a great way to get a taste of Marshall's teaching in case you have not taken his classes or workshop in the past.

To attend the free event at AI Inland Empire, make sure to RSVP as seating is limited~!!

Thanks for your time :)

Concept Design Academy

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Visual Development for Animation" with Evgeni Tomov~!!

Hi Everyone,

Evgeni Tomov, the production designer from "Triplets of Belleville", "The Illusionist", & "The Tale of Despereaux" is teaching the "Visual Development for Animation" class at CDA this Summer~!!

Evgeni have worked as an Art Director and Production designer on various US and European animation productions. His recent projects includes several unannounced projects upcoming from Laika & Dreamworks Animation.

We still have a several spaces available after the first weekend's portfolio review (This is an advanced course that requires portfolio review for entry).

Our next portfolio submission deadline is on Sat. May 16th, at 6PM PDT.

So sign up soon and don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from Evgeni on his design process behind the icon films he worked on.

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

For portfolio submission instructions, please visit our website at:

Thanks for your time and hope to see you in class~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Sunday, May 3, 2015

CDA Summer 2015 Brochure Released & Enrollment Starts Now~!!

 Hi Everyone,

Our Summer 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 Summer term~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Summer 2015 Term Schedule Sneak Preview~!!

Hi Everyone,

Our Summer 2015 Schedule Preview is out today~!!

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

New instructors:
- Christophe Lautrette ("Production Design for Animation" workshop)
- Evgeni Tomov ("Vis Dev for Animation" class)
- Jae Kim ("Figure Invention for Animation" class)
- Tom Zhao ("Intro to Environment Design" class) 
- Bryan Lee ("Sculptural Anatomy" class)

Returning instructors:
- Manu Arenas ("Fantasy Illustration" workshop)
- Marshall Vandruff ("3 Day Composition" workshop)
- Carlo Arellano ("Character Design 2" class)
- James Finch ("Sketching for Environment" class)
- Jackson Sze ("Digital Illustration" class)

Our Public sign up is starting up on May 1st, this Friday. Website will be updated at midnight:

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

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Summer 2015 Enrollment Status (updated 5/23/15 3:50AM)

Environment Design with Bruno Werneck - 1 spot left
Intro to Figure Painting with Gary Cornell
Intro to Vehicle Design with John Frye - 5 spots left
Landscape Painting with James Martin 
Modo for Concept Design with Vaughan Ling - 5 spots left
Sculptural Anatomy with Bryan Lee - 4 spots left
Zbrush Character Creation with Ian Joyner - 1 spot left

3 Day Composition Workshop with Marshall Vandruff
Fantasy Illustration with Manu Arenas
Production Design for Animation with Christophe Lautrette

Analytical Figure Drawing (Sun) with Kevin Chen - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing (Tues) with Kevin Chen - Full
Animal Anatomy with Jonathan Kuo - Full
Character Design 2 with Carlo Arellano - Full
Costume & Creature Design with Jerad Marantz - Full
Digital Illustration with Jackson Sze - Full
Figure Invention for Animation with Jae Kim - Full
Intro to Character Design with Rustam Hasanov - Full
Intro to Digital Painting with Sherwin Abesamis - Full
Intro to Environment Design with Tom Zhao - Full
Intro to Form Language with Peter Han - Full
Intro to Perspective with Polina Hristova - Full
Intro to Storyboard with Ben Juwono - Full
Intro to Story Development with Louie Del Carmen - Full
Head & Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen - Full
Sketching for Environment with James Finch - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sat) with P. Ballesteros - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sun) with Peter Han - Full

Story Dev, the Sequel with Tron Mai - Full
Vis. Dev. for Animation with Evgeni Tomov - 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. ***)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mold3D - "Character Design for 3D Printing" Workshop this weekend (April 25 & 26) at CDA~!!

Hi Everyone,

This weekend, Mold3D Academy will be running a "Character Design for 3D Printing" workshop at CDA.

The workshop will be taught by Ian Joyner (CDA's Zbrush Instructor) and Robert Vignone (Co-founder of Mold3D):

Date - Sat. & Sun., April 25th ~ April 26th, 2015
Time - 10AM ~ 5PM
Tuition - $499.99
Student Coupon Code - studentGID7
Enrollment deadline - Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

(The original price of the workshop is $499.99, but with the $150 off student discount code the tuition will be $349.99.)

This is a great workshop for anyone interested in learning 3D character design with Zbrush & how to efficiently 3D print through a hands on experience.

Make sure to check it out and take advantage of the discount code before the April 22nd enrollment deadline~!!

Concept Design Academy