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  • Gesture Drawing
    with Alex Woo
  • Introduction to Digital Painting
    with Andrew Hou
  • Painting Creatures
    with Bobby Chiu
  • Digital Painting
    with Bobby Chiu
  • Painting with Light and Color
    with Tonko House and Cody Gramstad
  • Digital Painting
    with Craig Mullins
  • Characters for Animated Film
    with Daniel Arriaga
  • Painting with Light and Color
    with Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo
  • Story-Driven Illustrations
    with Djamila Knopf
  • Watercolor Fundamentals
    with Gonzalo Carcamo
  • The Art of Caricature
    with Jason Seiler
  • Realistic Portraits
    with Jason Seiler
  • Environment and Light
    with John Burton
  • Understanding Textures
    with Jonathan Hardesty
  • Essentials of Realism
    with Jonathan Hardesty
  • Introduction to ZBrush
    with Justin Goby Fields
  • Storyboarding
    with Kris Pearn
  • Designing with Color and Light
    with Nathan Fowkes
  • Environment Design
    with Nathan Fowkes
  • Pictorial Composition
    with Nathan Fowkes
  • Landscape Sketching in Watercolor and Gouache
    with Nathan Fowkes
  • Lighting for Story and Concept Art
    with Sam Nielson
  • Fundamentals of Lighting
    with Sam Nielson
  • Fundamentals of Character Design
    with Stephen Silver
  • Exploring Character Styles
    with Stephen Silver
  • Creature Anatomy
    with Terryl Whitlatch
  • Drawing Fundamentals
    with Thomas Fluharty
  • Oil Painting
    with Thomas Fluharty
  • Introduction to Visual Development
    with Victoria Ying
  • Expressive Characters
    with Wouter Tulp
  • Conceptual Characters
    with Wouter Tulp
Story-Driven Illustrations
with Djamila Knopf

Powerful art is usually a combination of technical skill and some undefinable lightning in a bottle that we often imagine just HAPPENS.

This class will touch on fundamentals such as composition, perspective, color, lighting, etc., but what we will really explore is that LIGHTNING part. While I believe there is not -- and furthermore, CANNOT be -- a formula for creating successful art, I DO believe my strategies for making illustrations that tell emotive stories is duplicatible and will get you most of the way to making art that connects powerfully with your audience.

I will focus most of my time on topics such as ideation methods, the storytelling mindset, and visual emotion. Each lesson will have a demo to go with it so you can see my principles in action. And by doing the assignments, by the end of the class, you will have completed 3 story-driven illustrations, a variety of thumbnails, and detailed sketches.

I believe the best and most engaging art is that which tells a story and provokes an emotional response from the viewer. This is what I strive for every time I open a blank page and I hope my class will help you do the same.
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