In an Australian first, innovative local freelance videogame concept artist, matte-painter and children’s book illustrator Simon Scales has organised a series of International Concept Art Workshops for up-and-coming digital conceptual artists.
Concept Design Workshop Australia 2011 will educate and inspire both the professional and aspiring conceptual artist, and features some of the industry’s most prominent concept artists, including:
- Kevin Chen – the international industry leader, a true inspiration. Kevin is the lead and freelance concept artist for a number of entertainment companies, including Blizzard and Disney Feature Animation. His past projects include top-selling video games Medal of Honor and Call of Duty as well as the recently released Zack Snyder film, Sucker Punch as well as monster mash-up Alien vs Predator. Also the founder and director of Concept Design Academy located in Pasadena, California, Kevin has been instructing classes and professional workshops for various schools and studios during the past 12 years.
- Carlo Arrelano – a leading international concept designer, has worked on Hollywood movies such as Spiderman, Planet Of The Apes and Van Helsing. Carlo has also played a key role in concept development of ground breaking video games such as God of War: Chains of Olympus, Resistance: Fall Of Man, World of Warcraft and is now currently lead concept designer at Insomniac Games in Los Angeles, California.
- Nick Pill – currently Art Director at Rising Sun Pictures in Adelaide and has contributed concept art and matte-paintings for many Hollywood blockbusters including the Harry Potter series, Wolverine and Terminator: Salvation.
“This is a first for Australia, there has not been a workshop this intense or hands-on for the video gaming/animation industry before.” declares organiser, Simon Scales.
This exclusive event is a two week intensive workshop, with participants from all over the nation flying to Adelaide to attend. There are still a few places available, but these are filling up quickly.
“Depending on the response this year, we are hoping to make this an annual event, alternating the host city each year.”