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Fall 2016 Student Gallery

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Since 2017 has now come around, CGMA has been looking to work on self-improvement via recently minted resolutions. For a lot of students, this means becoming a better artist while for others, this means something else entirely. CGMA believes students won’t understand where they’re headed until they’re first reminded of how far they’ve come so it’s only fitting to display some of their student gallery from the last term of 2016.

“As each and every one of our students made their way through curated industry programs, rigorous instruction from top artists, and/or acquiring completely new techniques, we witnessed just how much our students enjoyed our approach to quality instruction. And for us, this has made all the difference”, said Manny Fragelus, Program Director for CGMA.

Environment Design


Fundamentals of Environment Design
Environment Design 1
Intro to Environment Sketching
Environment Design 2
Environment Sketching for Production
Intro to Environment Sketching

Anatomy

Analytical Figure Drawing
Head Drawing and Construction
Animal Drawing

Character Design

Character Design for Film and Games
Creature Design for Film and Games
Costume Design
Fundamentals of Character Design
Storyboarding for Animation
Character Design for Animation
Character Design for Production

Foundation & Design

Perspective
Dynamic Sketching 1
Dynamic Sketching 2
Fundamentals of Design
Digital Painting
Fundamentals of Architecture Design
Anatomy of Clothing
Art of Color and Light

3D Character Arts Program

Program Page
Elective Classes

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Best Exercises to Improve Your Line Work

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5 Best Exercises for Improving Your Line Work
From Top Digital Artists

Why is good line work so important for digital art? It’s the foundation, the physical starting point of producing professional-quality digital art, whether you’re creating a character, a weapon, or a machine. You simply can’t produce a quality finished piece without first shaping it with skilled line work.

Here are several exercises that can elevate your line art skills:

1. Practice fluid, deliberate strokes

If you notice that one of your strokes doesn’t seem to flow with the rest of the sketch, start that stroke over until it fits in seamlessly.
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2. Draw with a tool that can’t be erased

This exercise will build your confidence and help you to focus on your line quality.
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3. Model in 3D

Then play with material settings to fine-tune your lines. Then throw in free perspective, symmetry, shadows, cameras and endless iterative possibilities.
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4. Learn from digital artists you admire

Digital artists enjoy sharing their secrets on blogs and videos. Look around and discover even more techniques for improving your line art and other essential skills that need improvement.
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5. Keep challenging yourself

Great digital artists seldom think they’ve mastered everything. They are always practicing their skills and learning from other artists. So keep asking yourself, “How can I make this line art even better?”
Being a creative person isn’t enough to assure that you’ll become an accomplished digital artist. You need persistence, dedication, and the willingness to work harder perfecting the basic skills that will take your line art to greater levels. So keep practicing, and your digital art will steadily improve.
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CG Master Academy is a leading provider of online digital art education for professionals and art students. Through our CG Master Classes in 2D digital art and 3D character art, we provide comprehensive instruction by the industry’s top digital art professionals in Concept Art, Illustration, Entertainment Design, and 3D Character Design. CGMA’s digital experience facilitates artistic growth and achievement through a very simple and intuitive program distributed across weekly master classes.

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5 Proven Ways to Get a Job as a Digital Artist

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Whether you’re a digital artist professional wanting to advance your career, a digital arts student getting ready to graduate, or a hobbyist hoping to turn your passion into a new career, you need to take specific and deliberate actions to get noticed and hired.

These five tips for getting a job as a digital artist are being used successfully right now by other digital artists to get noticed by recruiters and potential employers.

1. Showcase your digital art online.

There is a very active digital arts community online of portfolio platform websites like CG Society, ArtStation and forums like Polycount where artists discuss issues, ask for advice, and get to know other artists. If you’re serious about getting a job in the industry, you need to be visible as an active online artist. You never know who may be reviewing your portfolio. You never know when a forum participant might contact you about an job opening months after having a spirited conversation with you about line art techniques.

2. Present a high-quality portfolio.

You need put together a well-constructed, clear portfolio which focuses on quality rather than quantity and is accompanied with a well-written, concise CV (Curriculum Vitae). The CV should contain details about your strengths, accomplishments, and job history (if applicable). Make it as easy as possible for a recruiter or potential employer who has already looked at hundreds of job applications to notice you. If you are called for an interview and the interviewer recognizes your work, you can leave a positive, lasting impression.

3. Network and form relationships with industry professionals.

Breaking into the industry isn’t necessarily about being the most talented artist, it’s about being in the right place at the right time. The way to find the most opportunities is to be first in the mind of those already working in the industry.

4. Go to the digital firms where you hope to work.

Ask to be hired for a digital arts position in their firm. Ask for feedback on your portfolio. If they are not currently hiring, ask them for the names of other companies that are hiring. Show how sincere and motivated you are to work on their team. Employers appreciate assertiveness and passion in a potential employee.

5. Stay optimistic and never give up!

Being rejected is a fundamental part of job hunting in the digital arts industry. Even if your top choice of companies rejects you, don’t let it discourage you. Instead, keep looking. Get your foot in the door with any digital arts positions and opportunities that come your way. Keep pushing yourself every day because if you never give up, you’ll never lose.

CG Master Academy is a leading provider of online digital art education for professionals and art students. Through our CG Master Classes in 2D digital art and 3D character art, we provide comprehensive instruction by the industry’s top digital art professionals in Concept Art, Illustration, Entertainment Design, and 3D Character Design. CGMA’s digital experience facilitates artistic growth and achievement through a very simple and intuitive program distributed across weekly master classes.

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5 Tips from Top Digital Artists for Staying Inspired

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How to Stay Inspired as a Digital Artist

Just like you, digital artists—professionals and students—sometimes feel like they are on an emotional rollercoaster. Sometimes you’re bursting with confidence and great ideas. Other times, you’re stuck and can’t break through a creative block. Experienced artists have been through it all, and along the way, they have discovered effective ways to stay inspired and blast through those inevitable “frozen in time“ moments. These are five key ways they continue to gain inspiration from the world around them.

1. Build Up Your Visual Library

Stimulate your creativity by traveling to new places. Enjoy endless vistas as a passenger on a train or a bus. Experience the tranquility of a long walk in a park or the visual stimulation of the bustling nightlife in a trendy neighborhood. Learn from the best by watching movies and TV shows with top-notch art direction, special effects, and animation.

2. Showcase Your Digital Art Online

Build up digital collages of your best pieces on websites like Pinterest and Instagram. Share your art with fellow digital arts and students on portfolio platforms like ArtStation and CG Society. Stimulate your creative juices browsing through other artists’ portfolios, noticing their unique styles and approaches. Gain inspiration from artists who are also working in your field of interest such as digital character design, environment design, anatomical drawing, or creature design.

3. Take a Digital Art Class

The top digital artists never stop learning—that’s how they become the best in their field. Whether digital art is a hobby or a career for you, signing up for an online class or an offline class near you can help you climb out of your slump and move from frustration to artistic creation. Remember, inspiration is always out there as long as you keep looking for it.

4. Study Existing Artwork and Games

Visit galleries and museums and come away with new ideas of expression. Inspiration can come from anywhere—an ancient Egyptian mural, a medieval battle scene, or a theatrical costume exhibit. Experience the top games like Call of Duty, Uncharted 4 and Titan Fall and notice the details that impress you most about them.

5. Tell a Story With Everything You Create

Take your time, and think about the mood and story that will involve your audience, no matter how mundane the particular project may be. When you design as many details as possible, it can help you to create a convincing project that results in enthusiastic responses from decision makers.

CG Master Academy is a leading provider of online digital art education for professionals and art students. Through our CG Master Classes in 2D, 3D and VFX, we provide comprehensive instruction by the industry’s top digital art professionals. CCGMA’s digital experience facilitates artistic growth and achievement through a very simple and intuitive program distributed across weekly master classes. To view our full programs and course list visit us here.

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5 Tips for Getting Your Art Noticed

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How to Stand Out as a Digital Artist

How do you stand out in the crowd as a talented digital artist and get the attention you deserve and the challenging jobs you desire? We asked a pool of our amazing instructors and talented artists for their professional advice:

1. Choose One Skill and Master It

Ben Keeling (Environment Artist at Creative Assembly) shares that his most important tip for aspiring artists is to “pick one area of expertise and just become the best you can be at that one area,” whether it’s procedural texturing, high-poly modeling, or character design. “Be an expert in your field,” Keeling emphasized, “and you will be recognized for that skill.”

2. Send a Clear Message to CG Studios

When you market a particular skill, you are directly communicating to studios that need your skill. “If a studio is looking into a particular pipeline or wants skills using certain programs such as Unreal, this can be a really good selling point for securing a job,” said Keeling. “All the most popular artists on websites like ArtStation and CG Society showcase their key CG skill.”

3. Showcase Your “WOW” Piece

“Have a polished “wow” piece that boggles the mind and tickles the soul!” said Michael Pavlovich (Principal Artist at Certain Affinity). Your “wow” piece will get more attention and more reactions from teachers, peers, and other pros than a dozen adequate examples.

4. Create Good Work

Consistent examples of your talents and creativity are the foundation of “a clear online presence and message” to industry professionals about you and your abilities, said Brett Bean (Freelance Digital Artist). It all adds up to the way you create your professional “brand” and get attention from fellow digital artists, job recruiters, and potential employers.

5. Network With Other CG Artists

Networking online is the most important element of getting noticed by the CG community, said Patrick Raines (Concept Artist for FireForge Games). “Posting both professional and personal work on sites like ArtStation and CG Society, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest can quickly grow your reputation worldwide.” Take advantage of the global reach of the Internet to build your reputation and your career.

Many thanks to our CG Master Academy Instructors: Michael Pavlovich (Introduction to ZBrush), Ben Keeling (Introduction to Substance for Environment Art), Brett Bean (Fundamentals of Character Design), and Patrick Raines (Environment Sketching for Production).

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Summer 2016 Student Gallery

2016 Summer Gallery

They say “the proof is in the pudding,” and it certainly is with CGMA. That proof is in the amazing artwork that their students create while in class with their mentors. Over the last 8-10 weeks, CGMA’s community of artists has been working hard to grow and develop their arsenal of skills. From professional artists looking to brush up on their technique, to budding artists starting the road to pursuing their dreams, to hobbyists looking to pick up a class on 3D printing for a personal project, their student body consists of an array of students who prove their talent and dedication on a daily basis.

The best part? The online platform allows CGMA to cater to a global network of artists that has helped build the camaraderie that their community is known for. Students from Canada are collaborating and swapping feedback with students in Angola or Mexico. It’s truly amazing.

CGMA offers a comprehensive variety of classes geared towards the VFX, Game and Film industries. Courses range from 2D Foundation & Design to the more advanced/technical options for Rigging and FX.

CGMA’s new “Installment Plans” payment option allows students to pay 50% up front and 50% at a later date, making the courses more accessible to anyone on a budget.

Installment Plan

Be sure to check out the art from CGMA’s Summer Term students and, while you’re at it, check out their course list for the upcoming Fall Term – classes start in 2 weeks! Courses are offered through 2D Academy, 3D Academy and CG Workshops.

The deadline for registration is Friday, October 14th 2016.

Environment Design

Environment Design

Fundamentals of Environment Design
Environment Design 1
Intro to Environment Sketching
Environment Design 2
Environment Sketching for Production
Intro to Environment Sketching

Anatomy

Anatomy

Analytical Figure Drawing
Head Drawing and Construction
Animal Drawing

Character Design

Character Design

Character Design 2

Character Design for Film and Games
Creature Design for Film and Games
Costume Design
Fundamentals of Character Design
Storyboarding for Animation
Character Design for Animation
Character Design for Production

Foundation & Design

Dynamic Sketching

Architecture Design

Perspective
Dynamic Sketching 1
Dynamic Sketching 2
Fundamentals of Design
Digital Painting
Fundamentals of Architecture Design
Anatomy of Clothing
Art of Color and Light

3D Character Arts Program

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Program Page
Elective Classes

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CGMA Fall Registrations: Now Offering Environment Arts Program

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As Fall registration is underway we are proud to present its revamped Programs and a new addition the “Environment Arts Program“. The development of these Programs are in line with our vision of providing quality and affordable mentored education to aspiring artists around the world. Each program has been crafted by industry professionals and recruiters from major studios to ensure a consistency with industry standards and practices. These programs don’t just cater to students, hobbyist and aspiring artists but they also cater to professionals looking to sharpen their skills or develop new ones.

Our “Installment Plans” payment option for enrolling and paying for any of their Programs and dozens of course offerings allows students to pay 50% up front (and 50% at a later date), making the courses more accessible to anyone on a budget.

Check out our course list for the upcoming Fall term (which starts in a few Weeks). Our courses are offered through 2D Academy, 3D Academy and CG Workshops.

 

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Foundation and Design Program

In order to establish and maintain a career in Entertainment Design, an artist first needs to have a solid understanding of the field’s core principles, tools, and techniques. CGMA’s Foundation & Design Program was created with this understanding at heart. It combines over ten distinct disciplines into a single comprehensive learning experience that will prepare you for our more advanced Character Design Program or Environment Design Program. After completing the program, you will receive a certificate of completion for the entire program along with individual certificates for each class.

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Character Design Program

The Character Design Program picks up right where the Foundation & Design Program leaves off. Character design is at the core of any project in entertainment. This ranges from motion pictures and feature animation, to video games and children books. Our program dives deeper into understanding the true nature of the character creation process. Students will be shown how to create convincing character types that also fit believably within a given narrative/world (whether they be stylized characters, realistic looking soldiers, or alien creatures). After completing the Character Design Program you will receive a certificate of completion for the entire program along with individual certificates for each class.

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Environment Design Program

The Environment Design Program is specifically designed to help prepare you for the role of Environment Concept Artist. Whether for the film, game, or animation industry, an environment artist draws on his/her imagination to create worlds that are believable and full of life and wonder. This program will build on the foundational skills and principles you learned in the Foundation & Design Program. The series will begin easily enough with classes focused on understanding the many different types of environments with courses such as Fundamentals of Architecture Design before really pushing your imagination in more advanced classes such as Environment Design 2 and Matte Painting where you further develop a focused eye on the intricacies of environment design. Finally, after completing the entire program, you will receive a certificate of completion for your achievement.

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3D Character Arts Program

It’s exciting to create a character that is going to capture an audience’s imagination for a few hours and allow them to escape into your film or video game.  But, in order to do this, you need to develop strong character models. CG Master Academy’s Character Arts program was developed to give you the production skills you need to build exciting and believable characters for the film and game industries.  Each of the programs’ classes are taught by current industry professionals and will equip you with the skills needed to bring your characters to the next level. On this journey, you will solidify your foundational understanding of human and animal anatomy.  With these strengthened skills, you will create and texture imaginable creatures and characters that adhere to current industry pipelines.

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3D Environment Arts Program

When you immerse yourself into a new video game or film, it is the character’s world that helps to establish a story.  It takes a skilled artist to visually develop this world and tell the audience what is going on before a single word is spoken.  CG Master Academy’s Environment Arts program will give you the knowledge needed to forge one of these story-rich environments.  During the program, you will be guided by current industry professionals in learning programs such as Maya, ZBrush, Substance, and UDK4.  As you go through the program, you will use these tools to master the artistic concepts needed in order to create stunning story driven environments.

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