Online Class

Sketching for Concept Art


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

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Donald Yatomi
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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.
2. Character Details
3. Finalizing Character Design
4. Environment Design
5. Environment Design Refined
6. Environment Lines
7. Finalizing the Environment

Taught by

Donald Yatomi
Donald Yatomi
Donald Yatomi is a professional concept artist and art director. His training includes a BFA in painting from the University of Hawaii and a BFA in illustration with distinction from the Art Center College of Design. With over 18 years of experience, Donald has worked with companies including DreamWorks and Disney Publishing. He is currently a Lead Concept Artist for PlayStation® Games.
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