Concept Art for Animation: Designing Magical Environments

A course by Tory Polska , Visual Development Artist

Visual Development Artist. Kyiv, Ukraine.
Joined August 2020

Turn your creative ideas into captivating concepts by bringing fantasy images to life in Photoshop

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  • 2153 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Turn your creative ideas into captivating concepts by bringing fantasy images to life in Photoshop

A course by Tory Polska

Through digital concept art, you can design believable worlds for movies and TV, which help tell stories about a character’s journey. When visual development artist Tory Polska realized that the magic we see on screens was made by people, she knew she wanted to be a part of it. She has worked with clients like Netflix and DreamWorks, and is passionate about evoking that same sense of wonder in the audience through her work.

In this course, Tory teaches you to research and design visual concepts for animated worlds. Learn how to turn your creative ideas into beautiful and meaningful images that enrich a story using Photoshop. Breathe life into fantasy environments with the magic of animation.

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What will you learn in this online course?

25 lessons & 28 downloads

Idea Generation 1
14 minutes, 5 seconds
Idea Generation 2
14 minutes, 37 seconds
Stylization Principles 1
17 minutes, 56 seconds
Stylization Principles 2
14 minutes, 6 seconds
Sketching Ideas 1
19 minutes, 22 seconds
Refining Sketches
18 minutes, 48 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (57)
  • 2153 students
  • 25 lessons (5h 29m)
  • 28 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Develop a lineup of sketches along with a refined concept for your own animated fantasy scene.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for artists, digital painters, and illustrators who want to develop their visual ideas and design compelling worlds.

Requirements and materials

Basic digital drawings skills and knowledge of Adobe Photoshop are required.

You will also need access to a computer and tablet with Photoshop installed.


Reviews

2153 Students
57 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Tory Polska

A course by Tory Polska

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Visual Development Artist

Tory Polska is a visual development artist from Ukraine. Growing up, she was always interested in drawing, but began studying marketing on account of her love for math. A year later, she was let go from the course, which allowed her to find and follow her true passion—animation. Inspired by the artists behind the creation of her favorite animated movies, she decided to pursue a creative career of her own, completing a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design and later learning to work in 3D in particular.

Now, Tory specializes in the development of believable visual worlds for TV and film. She has worked for studios including Netflix and DreamWorks TV, as well as on international projects like Catsaway. She also spoke at the TEDxKyiv about how animation affects people, and has had her work exhibited at the London Transport Museum.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation and Theory

    • What Is Visual Development?
    • Working With References
    • Idea Generation 1
    • Idea Generation 2
    • Stylization Principles 1
    • Stylization Principles 2
    • Workspace and Tools
  • U3

    Setting the Assignment

    • The Brief
    • Creating Reference Boards 1
    • Creating Reference Boards 2
    • Analyzing Your References
  • U4

    Designing

    • Sketching Ideas 1
    • Sketching Ideas 2
    • Sketching Ideas 3
    • Refining Sketches
    • The Final Design
    • Adding Context and Setting the Mood 1
    • Adding Context and Setting the Mood 2
    • Adding Context and Setting the Mood 3
    • Adding Context and Setting the Mood 4
    • Final Touches
  • U5

    Building a Portfolio

    • Project Presentation
    • Final Considerations
  • FP

    Final project

    • Concept Art for Animation: Designing Magical Environments

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Concept Art for Animation: Designing Magical Environments. 3D, Animation & Illustration course by Tory Polska

Concept Art for Animation: Designing Magical Environments

A course by Tory Polska
Visual Development Artist. Kyiv, Ukraine.
Joined August 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (57)
  • 2153 students