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with Donald Yatomi
Online Class

Sketching for Concept Art

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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.


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h6m

Included in this Class

1. Character Design

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

2. Character Details

Choose a favorite thumbnail from the prior lesson and dive into a deeper character study as Donald shares professional techniques to guide you. You'll establish your character's stance and major features as you tease out details like expression, clothing and even attitude. Donald shares useful tips for selecting informative reference details and helps you find a happy medium between sketching loosely and adding thoughtful details.

3. Finalizing Character Design

3. Finalizing Character Design

Transform the rough sketch of your character into a final drawing that would be worthy of submitting to an art director or client. Donald shows you how to use a blue pencil to clean up problem areas, clarify your lines and highlight significant details. Form, gesture and expression begin to merge as your character's personality comes to life.