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RECOMMENDED

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Whether you are starting out and need to find the right school, or are just looking to brush up on your skills, on this page you will find various ways to better yourself and your art. These are the resources that have been recommended to me by my peers or I have sought out myself, but by no means represents the entire spectrum of those available to you.  While they are not presented in any particular order, I have tried to arrange them into respective groups so you can quickly find what you are looking for.

BRICK AND MORTAR SCHOOLS


While a traditional art education can be ridiculously expensive, brick-and-mortar schools are effective at preparing students for a careers in the entertainment industry. Classes are usually taught by industry professionals and can provide the proper atmosphere to succeed. Here is a list of schools that offer either a entertainment design, game art, or illustration degree.

All Schools
Brand New!
Highly Recommended
Traditional Art School
Domestic (USA)
International
  • Art Center College of Design
    Highly Recommended!
    Pasadena, CA
    Established school known for cranking out industry leading talent. Experienced teachers and quality education.
  • Brainstorm School
    Highly Recommended!
    Glendale, California
    Knowledgeable teachers, relevant classes and more. Affordable quality.
  • Feng Zhu School of Design
    Highly Recommended!
    Singapore
    Founded by veteran concept artist Feng Zhu, this school offers intensive concept art focused courses that crams 4 years of training into just two years
  • Syn Studio Art School
    Montreal, Canada
  • Gnomon School of Visual Effects
    Highly Recommended
    Hollywood, California
  • Concept Design Academy
    Highly Recommended!
    Pasadena, California
    Excellent teachers, competitive atmosphere
  • CDW SCHOOL OF ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN
    Highly Recommended
    Adelaide, Australia
  • CG Master Academy
    Los Angeles, California
  • Academy Of Art University
    San Francisco, California
  • Los Angeles Academy Of Figurative Art
    Los Angeles, California
  • Ringling College of Art + Design
    Sarasota, Florida
  • Pratt
    New York City, New York
  • School of Visual Arts
    New York City, New York
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Watts Atelier of the Arts
    Encinitas, California
  • Parsons
    New York City, New York
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
    New York City, New York
  • Gemeni
    Cedar Park, Texas

ONLINE EDUCATION


Online courses and workshops can be taken in tandem with your main education and used as ways to boost your learning outside of school. They usually run for several weeks and are a great chance to learn skills that may not be taught in class. To get the most out of these classes, it is best to enroll when you can make a serious time commitment to them.  Here is a list of our favorite institutions that offer quality art assistance.

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Brand New!
Highly Recommended
Online Art Classes
Online Mentorships
  • UArtsy
    Online courses
  • cdw SCHOOL OF ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN
    Online courses
  • Academy Of Art University
    Online art classses
  • schoolism
    Online courses and workshops
  • Gnomon workshops
    Online Art Classes
  • Chris Oately Art Academy
    Online workshops
  • Learn Squared
    Online tutorials and mentorship
  • robotpencil
    Online Mentorships & tutorials
  • Lamp Post Guild
    Online art classes
  • Los Angeles Academy Of Figurative Art
    Online Classes
  • New Masters Academy
    Online courses
  • Folio Academy
    Online courses
  • enlighten
    Online workshops and tutorials
  • The Art Classes
    Online Workshops and Mentorship
  • Society of Visual Storytelling
    Online art classes
  • Lucidpixul
    Online Mentorship
  • Watts Atelier of the Arts
    Online Programs
  • CG Master Academy
    (currently under construction)

ONLINE TUTORIALS AND TRAINING


Tutorial videos are a great way to quickly pickup new tips and tricks. Since artistic progress is measured in slow, steady improvements, then even if you only learn one new thing from a tutorial video, you will still be headed in the right direction.  Here is a list of our favorite institutions that offer quality art assistance.

All
Highly Recommended
Free Tutorials
Premium Tutorials
  • CG Society
    Workshops
    Offers both 2d and 3d workshops for aspiring artists of all skilllevels taught by industry professionals
  • Gnomon-Workshop
    Highly Recommended
    Offers a HUGE selection of great instructional training tutorials taught by industry professionals.
  • CDW School of Entertainment Design
    Concept Design Workshop Offers great instructional training tutorials taught by industry professionals
  • Gumroad
    Highly Recommended
    Gumroad is a service that allows individual Artists to create, sell and distribute their own tutorials. It has grown immensley over the past few years. Chances are, that your favorte artist has a Gumroad page.
  • Feng Zhu Design Cinema
    Highly Recommended
    Offers great comprehensive tutorials about how to draw, think, and problem solve for the games and media industry.
  • Scott Robertson Design
    Highly Recommended
    Scott Robertson YouTube Channel offers great tutorials and insights about design, drawing, and rendering for concept design.
  • enlighten
    A good resource for tutorials, product reviews, and mentorships
  • CubeBrush
    CubeBrush offers free and premium tutorial videos for both beginning and advanced artists.
  • 3D Total Shop
    Highly Recommended
    This is the PREMIUM 3D Total expierence, offering a full lineup of paid content. It provides video tutorials, photo references, Photoshop brushes, galleries and more.
  • Ctrl Paint
    This is a great instructional blog dedicated to digital painting. The videos focus on basic principles and techniques that can be applied to digital concept art or illustration.
  • 3D Total
    Highly Recommended
    3D Total is an online resource site for all artists (both 2D and 3D). It provides video tutorials, photo references, Photoshop brushes, galleries and more.
  • CG Masters
    A compiled collection of various concept art tutorials. Useful for beginner to intermediate artists.
  • pencil kingS
    Subscription based learning for all skill levels. Professional training for beginner and intermediate artists
  • 3d Artist
    online tips, tricks and tutorials for 2D and 3D art
  • Layer Paint
    Layer Paint is a great source of entertainment design tutorials for all skill levels
  • Skillshare
    Great resource for learning about different art disciplines
  • Eat 3D
    Eat 3D Great source of 3D tutorials in ZBrush, 3DS Max, Unreal Editor, and Maya
  • cgcookie
    Concept Cookie is an online digital tutorial site for all levels of artists. It provides tutorials, photo references, Photoshop brushes, etc.
  • Pluralsight
    Once called Digital Tutors, Pluralsight now houses a huge library of tutorials and training videos that cover all of the major 2D and 3D programs.
  • CG Meetup
    CG Meetup offers a variety of Photoshop tutorials that cover tips, tricks and techniques to improve your art.
  • Lynda
    Great resource for learning about any and everything

MORE TUTORIAL WEBSITES

EVEN MORE TUTORIAL WEBSITES

GET HELP FROM INDUSTRY LEADING CONCEPT ARTISTS


A lot of professional concept artists are pulling back the curtain, revealing unprecedented access to their daily workflow, tips and tricks.  There is also a huge push in this industry to better educate and prepare the talent of tomorrow by offering portfolio advice, industry insights and more. Here are some of our favorites artists whose contributions give back to the artistic community. 

  • JONAS DE RO
    MentorshipS (Sorta)
  • John Park
    Excellent step by step tutorials
  • Foundation Group
    Art education and feedback for your ART.
  • Critique, by James-Paick
    Offers mentorship, feedback, paintovers, training excersises and more
  • Izzy Medrano
    Mentorships and tutorials
  • Anthony Jones
    Creator of Robot Pencil, has a variety of tuts and info
  • More Coming Soon
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YOUTUBE CHANNELS AND EDUCATIONAL PODCASTS

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Brand New!
Highly Recommended
Podcasts
  • Syn Studio
    Artist Interviews
  • The Collective
    Artist Interviews
  • Level Up
  • Scott Robertson Design
    educational podcasts
  • Lean Into Art
  • Art Cafe
  • Art Talks with Duff Man
    Artist Podcast
  • Oately
  • Will Terry Podcasts's
  • Paper Wings
  • FZD Design Cinema
    educational podcasts

PONDERABLES

ADDITIONAL ADVICE, GUIDANCE, FAQ AND MORE

These resources are meant to help answer some of the more common questions and provide insight to the bigger ones that keep you up at night.

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE A CONCEPT ARTIST?

  1. Video Game developer, Platinum Games Discusses a Day In The Life Of A Concept Artist.
  2. The article: Lets Get Real About Concept Art clarifies some misconceptions about the job and the industry.
  3. Mark, from Cube Brush talks about the role of a concept artists within a video game pipeline.
  4. Concept artist Dan brown gives 3 reasons why you should not get into concept art.

GO TO SCHOOL OR LEARN AT HOME?

  1. Concept Artist Neil Blevins discusses the  Pros and Cons of each option.

BOOKS AND PRINTED PUBLICATIONS

On design, and technique

  1. How to Render (2014) and How to Draw (2013) by Scott Robertson and Thomas Bertling
  2. How to Draw Cars the Hot Wheels Way (2004) by Scott Robertson with the Hot Wheels Designers
  3. Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang (2008) by Doug Chiang
  4. Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers (2009) by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur
  5. Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang.
  6. Digital Painting Techniques.

On artistic Development

  1. An Insiders Guide For Students.
  2. The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV, and Digital Media (2009) by Bruce Block
  3. The Perfect Bait (2010) by Bobby Chiu (Also an iPhone app)
  4. How Successful Artists Study: Effective Learning Ideas and Knowledge for Artists (2011) by Samuel Adoquei
  5. Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking.

Showcasing concept art

  1. The Art of Star Wars, Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) by Jonathan Bresman
  2. The Art of Star Wars, Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) by Mark Vaz
  3. The Art of Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) by J.W. Rinz ler
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, ANSWERED ON OUR BLOG.

14.10.2015

Do I Need an MFA Degree to Be a Concept Artist?

FAQ, Questions
I’M THINKING OF DOING A GRADUATE PROGRAM OR GETTING MY MFA. DO I EVEN NEED AN MFA DEGREE? WHERE DO YOU THINK IS A STRONG PLACE THAT I CAN GO? […]

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21.09.2015

Am I In The Wrong School?

FAQ, Questions
Here’s how you can check to see if you are attending the wrong school, and several ways to course correct. I got into college this year; , but

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29.07.2015

Am I Too Old to Be a Concept Artist?

FAQ, Questions
Question submitted by Marvin R. I am 22 years old and I just finished reading your book “The Big Bad World of Concept Art for Video Games” and I was stuck […]

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20.07.2015

Do I Need 3D Skills To Be a Concept Artist?

FAQ, Questions
Here are short answers to frequently asked questions I receive from students about the use of 3D in concept art. HOW IMPORTANT ARE 3D SKILLS TO CURRENT CONCEPT ARTISTS?  Modeling in 3D […]

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13.07.2015

What Should I Study in High School?

FAQ, Questions
Question submitted by Christian B. I AM CURRENTLY A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT WANTS TO GO INTO THE CONCEPT ART INDUSTRY.  I WAS WONDERING WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING AND […]

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23.06.2015

Can I Be A Concept Artist If I’m Colorblind?

FAQ, Questions
Concept artist James Paick and Hector Ruiz share an insight into what is like to have color blindness in art and how to work around it. Question submitted by Gary I’M […]

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