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Introduction to 3D Concept Art Course Overview

Are you looking to take your concept art skills further and dramatically increase your workflow efficiency?

The visual effects and video game industry is constantly evolving, and studios are getting more demanding when it comes to quality and speed. When producing Concept Art for clients it’s more important than ever to be nimble and have all the necessary tools and resources at your disposal to make changes on the fly.

That’s why CG Spectrum has created the Introduction to 3D Concept Art course specifically designed for students wanting to take their concepting skills to the next level.

Over the course of 12 weeks, you’ll learn professional techniques used by industry artists to create your own 3D concepts from scratch. Learn how to digitally sculpt props and assets from thumbnail sketches, block out 3D environments quickly and take your concepts to a polished level using rending and paint over techniques.

By mixing 3D and 2D techniques for concept art using industry standard software such as ZBrush, Maya, Photoshop, 3D Coat and Marmoset Toolbag you’ll expand your arsenal of techniques and learn the workflows used by AAA game design and VFX studios around the world.

The Introduction to 3D Concept Art course can be taken in a small group or as a one-on-one mentorship. Whichever you choose, you can rest assured that your mentor will take a personal interest in your future success and guarantee an educational experience like no other.

Next Intake

September 2nd, 2019


12 Weeks

Course Delivery


Course Load

20 hrs/ week




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Prop Design: Thumbnailing & Digital Sculpting

At the beginning of this course, students will familiarize themselves with ZBrush Core, a digital sculpting software that will be used to bridge your 2D Concept Art skills with the 3D world.

Next, you will begin to design your own prop using a mix of 2D and 3D techniques starting with Photoshop to create thumbnail ideations focusing on strong silhouettes then extracting those designs in ZBrush Core.

Students will then dive deeper into digital sculpting to refine their blocked out designs and add detail. You will conclude your final design process using external rendering packages like Marmoset Toolbag 3 to get quick render passes and then move on to Photoshop for final the paint over process.

  • Master the basics of ZBrush Core, with a focus on basic interface navigation and sculpting tools to understand the ideation process
  • Create thumbnails for your designs focusing on the importance of using reference and thumbnailing to create strong silhouettes
  • Import your thumbnail sketches as a texture into ZBrush Core to extract basic shapes and begin your ideation process in 3D
  • Learn the common tools used for 3D Concepting with ZBrush Core including 3D gizmo’s, masking, IMM primitives, booleans, trim dynamic, inflate tool and clay polish
  • Create basic materials and lighting setups to output a final image for the paint over process
  • Take final rendered images to a polished level using paint over techniques
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Environment Design: Lighting & Paintover

In this section of the course, students will move on to environment design and learn the techniques used to quickly block out, light and render a 3D environment and create basic compositions from multiple angles to be used later on in the paint over process.

Students will get familiar with Maya LT navigation, UI and use the basic modeling tools at their disposal to block out and create a simple interior room. Next, they will gather reference and create a lighting mood board to develop a concept for their final composition.

After blocking out their 3D environment students will import their work into Marmoset Toolbag 3 to set up shaders, lighting and camera angles in order to create a final render. Once a final render is produced students will bring it into Photoshop for the paint over process, adding base layers, textures, details and FX to create a final polished composition.

  • Learn Maya LT UI navigation, modeling toolkit and specific tools used in concept art production
  • Understand how to set up different camera angles, set up simple textures and create basic lighting for your scene
  • Gather reference and create a mood board based on a design brief
  • Begin blocking your 3D environment using basic geometry to populate the scene
  • Quickly change or remove elements based on test renders to improve your composition
  • Create shaders and rendering setups in Marmoset Toolbag 3 to output a final image for the paint over process
  • Bring all of your elements together in Photoshop and add base layers, texture, FX and detail to create a final polished piece of 3D concept art
Introduction to 3D Concept Art

What you get

  • Access to world-class mentors
  • Live weekly classes
  • Weekly recorded critiques
  • Custom built curriculum
  • Original video content
  • Access to online learning portal
Mentor of 3D Concept Art

Meet Krzysztof

Krzysztof Luzny

Mentor of Concept Art

Known for Boomtown

Learn More

Krzysztof is a freelance Concept Artist based in the UK. While studying Architecture he discovered his passion for digital art and decided to chase his dream to become professional Concept Artist.

His work ranges from realistic to stylized including characters, environments, vehicles and props. Over the years he has learned how to adapt to learning new tools and using them to his advantage in concept art production.

Krzysztof looks forward to teaching you how to speed up your concept art workflow to maximize your efficiency and expand your skill set.

Lauren Wakley

CG Spectrum has a way of mentoring students that I haven't experienced before. My mentor is always pushing me in order to become industry ready. CG Spectrum mentors are always available for feedback and take a proactive approach to teaching their students.

Liam Jones

The very personal learning experience I had through CG spectrum encouraged me to dig deep with questions and figure out how to really improve. I got the attention I needed from my mentor and broke through the frustrating plateau I had been at before starting. Looking back on my old artwork, I'm extremely satisfied with how far I've come.

Erica Hornakova

I have nothing but great memories of CG Spectrum! I was a bit unsure when I signed up for the course, but it changed my life. I had a great mentor who would always push me to do better and I learned valuable things each class.

Ryan-Tinder James

During my time at CG Spectrum my skill as an artist and concept artist specifically, rose to new heights I'd never imagined possible. I fell deep into the rabbit hole during this course, only because CG Spectrum offered so much extra information. This left me ready to kick start my career.

Course Tuition

Small Class

At CG Spectrum you’re never just a number. We cap our concept art class sizes at 5 students so you get the most attention possible at a more affordable price.


$599 USD

3 x Payments


$1595 USD

1 x Payment

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1-on-1 Class

By choosing the 1-on-1 option you will get more individual attention from your mentor while having the flexibility to work within your busy schedule.


$799 USD

3 x Payments


$2195 USD

1 x Payment

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