Artistic Foundations, Part 1

Taught by Ludovic Iochem

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July 2019 
2 hours 41 minutes 
This course, taught by Ludovic Iochem, is designed for anyone who wants to improve their skills of creating beautiful imagery and explore what makes that image beautiful. While visual effects is a very technical industry, it is important to be able to create compelling and beautiful pictures. Using paintings, photography, and other imagery this course explores key concepts such as composition, lighting, perspective, colour harmony, and more.

Iochem, who has been a Digital Matte Painter and Environment Artist for more than 13 years, had noticed recently that VFX artists were more and more technical, but less and less conscious of basic rules of composition or color harmony. He has worked to improve this situation by creating and leading training for artists, and has been very successful in improving their basic artistic knowledge.

Iochem worked as Digital Matte Painting Supervisor and Environments Supervisor at DNEG before joining Framestore Montreal as Head of Environments. He is now back at DNEG London as Head of Digital-Matte-Painting. His credits as an artist and supervisor include projects like Exodus : Gods and Kings, Total Recall, Dredd, Thor 2 : the Dark World, Les Miserables, Quantum of Solace, Hellboy 2, Bourne Ultimatum and Terminator Genisys. Alongside his work as Head of Department at DNEG, he has been teaching Digital Matte Painting at fxphd for few years now and created masterclasses at several schools and universities.

Part two of the course can be found here: Artistic Foundations, Part 2.
Artistic Foundations, Part 1
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Class Listing

Class 1: Basic Composition

The basic rules of composition, from the centered composition to the rule of thirds to the Golden Triangle. The explanations are based on examining paintings and photography.

Class 2: Advanced Composition

A look at advanced rules of composition, such as the Golden Ratio, and Golden Spiral.

Class 3: Composing in Photoshop

Using various options to re-compose images in Photoshop, including crops and guides.

Class 4: Light

Analyzing and understanding how light works in an image to be able to reproduce it in a painting.

Class 5: Colour Harmony

Examining the various types of colour harmony using examples: monochromatic, complementary, split complementary, and more.