Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Silent Art Auction & Gallery Nucleus this Sat. (3/18) ~!!

Hi Everyone,

A group of artists/teachers from 3Kicks Studio and Concept Design Academy will be donating original artworks for a fundraising auction event happening this Sat., March 18th (6PM~9PM) at Gallery Nucleus.


All proceeds from the auction will go to Charles and Carrie Hu to aid them through this difficult period for their family.

For more information about this auction, please visit the link bellow and check out some of the great artworks up for auction:


Please come check out the show and pick up some cool artworks for a good cause :)

Thanks for your time and hope to see you this Saturday~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Saturday, March 4, 2017

"Art of the Movie Poster" with Mark Westermoe on March 25th~!!

Hi Everyone,

Mark Westermoe is coming to CDA this Spring to teach the "Art of the Movie Poster" workshop on March 25th, 2PM~7PM~!!


Mark is well known for his illustration and design work on movie posters for "Total Recall", "The Hunt for Red October", "Braveheart","Apollo 13" and many more.

Mark's illustration and figure drawing teaching have influenced countless artists working in the field of animation, film and game industry today.

Check it out and don't miss out on this special event~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Iconic Science Fiction Design" workshop with Aaron Beck this Saturday~!!

Date - Feb. 25th, 2017
Time - 2:00PM ~ 7:00PM
Tuition - $120
Location - 55 Waverly Dr. Ste 104, Pasadena, CA 91105

Enrollment Link:

Hi Everyone,

How are you?

Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday on Feb. 25th, our special guest, Aaron Beck will be teaching his "Iconic Science Fiction Design" workshop at CDA~!

Aaron is well known in the industry for his unique style and hyper realistic designs from his work as a concept designer at Weta Workshop.

His designs help developed and shaped the look of films such as "Elysium", "Mad Max: Fury Road", "Chappie", "The Hobbit", "Edge of Tomorrow", the short film, "KELOID" and more recently for the game, "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare".

If you are a concept artist or someone who wishes to learn more about the creative process behind designing the look of a film or game, this is a great workshop not to be missed~!!

Thanks for your time and hope to see you at the event~!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Friday, February 3, 2017

Last Week to Enroll for Spring 2017 term~!!!

Hi Everyone,

It is the last week to enroll for the Spring 2017 term at CDA~!!

We got some great classes and workshop still available to sign up. Make sure to check them out here on our online enrollment store:


The first day of the Spring semester starts on Saturday Feb. 4th. Enrollment will remain open until the second meeting of the class.

Don't miss out and come join us for the new semester~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Spring 2017 Enrollment Status (Updated 2/24/17 2:00PM)

Iconic Science Fiction Design with Aaron Beck - Starts tomorrow~!!
Art of the Movie Poster with Mark Westermoe  
Story Beat Painting for Animation with Helen Chen - 3 spots left

Analytical Figure Drawing (Sun) with Kevin Chen - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing (Wed) with Kevin Chen - Full
Animal Anatomy with Jonathan Kuo - Locked
Animated Performance for Storyboarding with Toniko Pantoja - Full
Character Design 2 with Joshua James Shaw - Locked
Cinematic Storyboard with Alan Wan - Full
Color and Lighting with Dan Cooper & Christina Cooper - Full
Environment Design with Gabriel Yeganyan - Locked
Figure Drawing with the Reilly Method with Mark Westermoe - Locked
Head & Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen - Full
Intro to Character Design with Kevin Chen - Full
Intro to Digital Painting with Sherwin Abesamis - Locked
Intro to Environment Design with Brian Yam - Locked
Intro to Form Language with Peter Han - Full
Intro to Perspective with Polina Hristova - Full
Key Frame Illustration with Alex Mandradjiev - Locked
Landscape Painting with Shae Shatz - Locked
Sketching for Environment with Ed Li - Full
Story Development for Animation with Tron Mai - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sat) with P. Ballesteros - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (Sun) with Peter Han - Full 
Vis. Dev. for Animation with Iuri Lioi - Locked

Sculptural Anatomy with Bryan Lee - Cancelled
Vehicles and Mechs with John Frye - Cancelled

(*** For all Full classes or workshops, there is a waiting list available. Sign up if you wish to be notified when there are any last minute openings from cancellations. Thanks. ***)

Friday, December 2, 2016

"From Concept to Storyboard" workshop with John Aoshima this Saturday (12/3)~!!!

Hi Everyone,

This Saturday, Dec. 3rd, John Aoshima will be coming to CDA to teach a workshop on "From Concept to Storyboard"~!!


John worked as the head of story for the development phase of "Kubo and the Two Strings". During this time, John and his story team storyboarded out the majority of the final film to help set the pacing and storytelling.

If you are an storyboard artist or someone who want to learn about the process in making a film during the storyboard phase, this is a great workshop not to be missed.

John is currently working as the director for the upcoming "Ducktales" reboot from Disney and his past projects include "Gravity Falls", "Futurama", "Avatar: The Last Airbender", and "The Simpsons".


Thanks for your time and hope to see you at the event~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"Environment & Lighitng" workshop with Khang Le coming this Saturday (Oct. 15th)~!!

Hi Everyone,

This Saturday, Oct. 15th will be Khang Le's "Environment & Lighting" workshop at CDA~!!

If you are an environment artist or someone who want to improve on your staging with lights for your concepts, this is a workshop not to be missed.

To enroll, please visit our online enrollment store at:

Thanks for looking and hope to see you at the event~!!

Concept Design Academy