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Creature Design

with Loopydave & Kenneth Anderson
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See how Loopydave & Kenneth Anderson approach a real life brief of a croc going to the dentist from initial concept to final polished image. Compare the methods of 2 professional artists on the same brief.
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Two professional artists, Kenneth Anderson with 14+ years under his belt as character designer, and one of a kind illustrator hailing from Australia, Loopy Dave, approach the same real life brief of a croc going to the dentist.

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In this course you’ll learn about creature anatomy, the importance of story telling and loads more!

But the coolest part of the course is that you’ll get to see how Loopy Dave and Kenneth Anderson approach a real life brief of a croc going to the dentist from initial concept to final polished image.

This will allow you to compare the methods of 2 professional artists on the same brief helping you find your own style whilst learning all the tips and tricks from these 2 masterclass artists!

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What you’ll learn

  • Learn about creature anatomy
  • Learn how to create a concept quickly
  • Learn how to go from ideas to sketches in a structured way
  • Learn how to create a clear story & message
  • Learn how to create a harmonious layout
  • Develop your skills in colour & lighting
  • Understand the complexities behind textures
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  • 6+ hours of on-demand video lessons
  • 4 task exercises

Lesson Plan

with Loopy Dave
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01

Introduction

30:30

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Most of you have heard of Loopydave, a one of a kind illustrator hailing from Australia. Now, he’s your instructor. Meet Loopydave where he will be exploring designing & drawing animals and the process in creating one digital painting from start to finish.

02

Ideas & Sketches

40:05

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In part 2 of Creature Design Loopydave will walk you through the idea and sketching process. Watch how he in a structured way develops to an illustration that will be followed through in subsequential videos.

03

Colour

38:40

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   Exercise sheet included

Now we have created a design that is ready for us to work out the colour. In this lesson Loopydave will start off by sharing with you some concepts of colour itself and a few helpful terms, before he continues on with the illustration of Larry the Croc, by focusing on colour.

04

Lighting

30:00

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In lesson 4, Loopydave will start off with a quick look at lighting: glance through some terms and fundamental ideas, run through a few lighting setups and how they might be useful, and talk about easy ways to go about using lighting in our art. He’ll also talk about ambient lighting and more. Loopydave will of course put Larry the Croc in the spotlight in this tutorial to apply all these ideas before moving on to textures in the next lesson.

05

Textures

29:27

   Exercise sheet included

The secret in painting good textures is understanding how they are different from one another. For example a crocodile skin looks different to that of its eyeball or its teeth. In this lesson Loopydave will go through the fundamental understanding of texture, breaking it down to four simple categories, in order to make the textures look right in the final illustration.

06

Final Design

49:00

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In this tutorial we will put the finishing touches to our illustration as well as analyse the results.

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Lesson Plan

with Kenneth Anderson
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01

Introduction

01:36

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Introduction Welcome to the tutorial! A quick rundown of the brief.

02

Brushes

04:56

An overview of the main brushes Kenneth uses in the design process.

03

Blending modes & Layers

07:28

See how Kenneth uses layers to start building up light, shade and colour.

04

Texture

03:08

Using texture effectively to lead the eye and sell a design.

05

Tone and Value

02:18

The importance of tone/value to an illustration and how it can be used to your advantage.

06

Shape

12:01

Using shape language to create a character design with unity.

07

Story

01:59

Using story to sell personality and bring life to an illustration.

08

Reference

02:22

Watch how Kenneth uses a reference to kick start the creation process and fill in gaps in his knowledge.

09

The process - Thumbnails

23:57

Starting with thumbnails, see how Kenneth starts to figure out his creature design.

10

The process - Painting

01:10:09

Using the thumbnail of his choice Kenneth starts to paint it up in this lesson.

11

Work in progress review

05:04

Watch Kenneth take a step back and evaluate his image so far. Is it working effectively?

12

Painting Continues

22:27

Using the notes from before, Kenneth continues painting.

13

Final thoughts

13:53

Kenneth looks at his final image and reviews the concepts used in its creation.

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Jeff Sornig
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The Loopy Dave course is the first one I jumped into (haha). Love his style and he’s a right jolly chap to listen to when he describes his process. Super happy with my decision to buy the whole series. I’m always open to learning new techniques and reinforcing good habits.

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I love it and I got the inspirations.

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The more boring stuff like color theory is made exciting by the instructors attitude and humor. It makes one forget that some of the details are really dull. Great tutor. Thanks

I recommend it for All levels.
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Great course that shows each time the whole process. It’s very detailed, with a lot of tips and advice. It’s also interesting to see 2 different ways of handling the brief by great artists.

I recommend it for Intermediate.
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Loopydave
Freelance Illustrator1 course

Loopydave is an Australian-based illustrator whose work has appeared on DVD boxsets, advertising, comics, character design, festival posters, books, children’s magazines, but most important as he says: “When I was much younger, on my mother’s fridge door.”


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Kenneth Anderson
Illustrator & Character Designer4 courses

Kenneth is a professional freelance character designer with 14+ years experience. Based in the UK, he has worked with companies like the BBC, Brown Bag Films, Nick Jr. and 3D Total. He also worked as an inbetweener on Sylvain Chomet’s Oscar nominated film “The Illusionist” and as an animator on the French feature “Titeuf: Le film”. His specialties are story-driven character-based illustration and design for a variety of mediums, in particular children’s television. In his spare time, he enjoys creating characters, illustrating magazines and making games.

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