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Sketching for Concept Art

with Donald Yatomi
Create compelling characters and environments that come alive in comics, video games, movies and more.

Bring unique characters and environments out of your imagination and onto the page with concept artist Donald Yatomi. Generate thumbnail character silhouettes, refine them with rules of proportion and turn your favorite into a full-size sketch. Use your sketch, along with reference photos and professional tips, to create a final blue-line drawing. Next, create environment thumbnails. Employ a horizon line, vanishing points and a ground plane as you transform a thumbnail into a sketch that's drawn with accurate perspective. Build a sense of mood with strategic details before Donald guides you through the creation of your final blue-line drawing. Hone your characters and environments until they're ready to be handed in to an art director, used in your own projects or displayed proudly in your home. 

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Lesson 1. Character Design

  • Meet your instructor, video game and film artist Donald Yatomi. Start off by warming up your drawing hand and your imagination with a series of thumbnail exercises as Donald shows you how to transform seemingly simplistic scribbles into nuanced forms. You'll be amazed by the proportion and expressions that start to emerge from your characters as your pen leads you through each study.


Lesson 2. Character Details


Lesson 3. Finalizing Character Design


Lesson 4. Environment Design


Lesson 5. Environment Design Refined


Lesson 6. Environment Lines


Lesson 7. Finalizing the Environment

“In the 90's when I was at Art Student's League in NYC, there was an artist out of the the Art Center in Chicago who drew in scribble format. His work was unique and rather beautiful. The rest of us were attempting controlled lines, and mine rather awkward at the time. The scribble drawing stayed in my imagination. I ran into them again at a museum show on Giacometti at MOMA a few years later. And now with this class, the scribbles are back, and thank you Craftsy for this class.”
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