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Art Class - Little Creative Learners (Ongoing)


Making Monsters: Illustration and Concept Art Basics

Over a 4-week course, beginner & aspiring artists will learn basic fundamentals that will help expand creativity & art skills while learning how to create monsters and characters just like professional video game and comic book artists do!
Brian Podell
2 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
70 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn the core fundamentals that all artists take with them as they progress through more advanced learning and on into future careers in design and illustration. Starting with strong fundamentals like perspective, form and balance, anatomy and construction, and composition, learners will put those skills into practice as we move on to more advanced topics of designing monsters and characters, along with basic greyscale and color rendering. In the end, students will have used these skills to create their own design(s) as well as shared feedback and constructive critique with the other students, and be prepared and confident to move on to more advanced learning.
I am a professional illustrator and graphic designer, having worked in comic books, video games, roleplaying games, and more. I primarily design and draw fantasy monsters and characters, and have been doing so for nearly 10 years now. 
Each class, students will be tasked with taking the discussed concepts and skills, and applying them to one sketchbook page they complete on their own that they will bring back to share with everyone. They can, of course, draw as much as they like, but they should show up with at least one page of practice demonstrating the skills discussed!
Learners should have their own sketchbook, size is optional but decent sized heavy-grade paper is preferred. As well, pencils (I recommend mechanical) and an eraser to draw with and potentially a ruler or straight-edge. Students using physical sketchbook will need either markers or colored pencils for their final lesson. If they have it, learners can also use a drawing tablet such as a Wacom or other digital illustration tablet connected to a computer, and any software that allows for digital drawing such as Photoshop, GIMP, Procreate, etc. (This is optional, for those who already own these things. Please do not purchase this just for the class.)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The final assessment will be a demonstration, both for the class and for the individual learner, of their work when they entered the class and when they finished it, showing them directly how learning and applying the skills as well as practicing them result in clear, visual improvement in their work. Their final assessment will be a discussion about how much the feel they've improved, and how they can continue to learn and grow even more.
1 hour 10 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
There is no dangerous or mature content, though my particular specialty in illustration and design revolves around monsters and characters for video games and similar media, so drawings may involve creatures that are a bit gross, or fantasy characters with swords and armor. 


Brian PodellThe Coolest Dungeon Master
2 total reviews
4 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Brian Podell, I'm an artist and entertainer from New York. I'm a professional illustrator and graphic designer by trade, having worked in comics, video games, board games and many other projects creating all kinds of cool things... 
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