Concept Artist, Jay Kim Class Description
Did you know there's a special rule
used to create shapes
that are considered pretty or cute?
If you're having a hard time trying to figure out
deformation and color composition,
this class will provide the skills you'll need
to create materials such as wood, stone,
grass, fire, and more; while helping you understand
how to configure deformation and color layouts,
so you can create a charming story.
Adobe Photoshop CC
JPG(PNG) & PSD(PSB) files
1 Brush file (Data Reference)
Expert Concept Artist
Jay Kim's Profile & Portfolio
※ This portfolio includes fan art.
Hello, I’m Daejin Kim, a background Concept Artist
working under the pseudonym Jay Kim.
I studied for many years to create
my own unique paintings,
since I have always admired artists
whose work has its own special charm.
This curriculum is based on my experiences
and focuses on helping solve the problems
that many students struggle with.
Not only will I be sharing tips for
illustrating stylized backgrounds
but I will also help you create artwork
using your favorite drawing style
in a way that tells your story.
Art Director at DEVSISTERS
Projects & Awards
NEOPLE Dungeon & Fighters
Worked on multiple overseas projects including
Supercell - Everdale
Dreamworks - A new unreleased project
IGG & Century games
16 Class Exercises
Photoshop Shortcut Settings
Material Description 1
Material Description 2
Stylish Color Selection
Final Background Illustration 1
Final Background Illustration 2
3ds Max Basic Functions
3D Render Examples
*These are sample images for better understanding.
The Beginners Guide to Stylized Background Illustrations
Discover a step-by-step process perfect for strengthening the basics of stylized background drawing for beginners: from basic graphic coloring and contrast methods to describing materials suitable for different environments.
Efficient Drawing Focused on Colors Instead of Lines
Learn various methods of drawing with a focus on color, using the Lasso Tool, Layer Mask, and color sketch, and how to organize color palettes, as well as understand and apply good color materials.
Get Sample Files & Exercises to Practice Your Skills
You'll get access to files such as brushes used by professional concept artist Jay Kim, hexahedron material description files, and 3ds Max files with complete render setups.
Laying the Groundwork for Stylized Background IllustrationsLearn about frequently used photoshop functions, setting shortcuts, using brushes, drawing basic shapes, and coloring natural objects with materials such as wood, stone, glue, and fire
Learn Various Ways to Draw with Colors, Such as Silhouettes and Color SketchesLearn how to draw silhouettes using Lasso tools and layer masks, and color sketch know-how to draw illustrations only with colors without contrast.
Understanding the Principle of Deformation by Applying the Basic PerspectiveLearn how to use Deformation for each object through good examples and how to exaggerate and omit basic perspectives to express real objects cutely.
Get Tips & Know- Hows to Color in a Stylish Way Using ContrastLearn how to avoid being tacky or murky in color, and learn how to color uniquely with clear and bright colors shown in stylized styles, and enrich the color through complementary color contrast methods that make the color look prettier.
Storytelling in PaintingsUnderstand the advantages of worldbuilding, and apply worldbuilding to your work that can lead the story around a specific character to compose an attractive and well-structured portfolio.
Learn Basic Features of 3ds Max That Are Efficient for Background RetouchingUse the 3ds Max tool, which is frequently used by background artists, to learn the basic drawing process efficiently, and to learn retouching techniques that help 3D works and illustrations blend naturally.
*These are example images for better understanding.
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Section 01. Solidify the Basics
1. About the Artist & Creating Stylized Backgrounds
- Biography of the artist & how to apply what you learned to your work
- Working in the art industry, creating stylized background illustrations
- The advent of cartoon rendering
2. The Stylized Background Style Starts from the Basics
- Why the basics are important
- Why should you study 3d tools: the advantages & an intro to the tools used in the industry
3.Frequently Used Functions and Shortcut Settings
- Setting frequently used functions and shortcut keys
Section 02. Drawing Backgrounds Easily
4. Learn the Basics of Shapes and Some Useful Brush Tips
- About commonly used brushes and how to use them
- Drawing basic shapes (hexahedron, cylinder, cone, & sphere)
5. Coloring Technique According to Material
- Material description lesson 1 (drawing tree, stone, rock, water)
- Material description lesson 2 (drawing grass, fire, wooden post, etc.)
6. Coloring Method for Each Natural Object
- Drawing fire, cloud, and sky
7. Drawing with a Silhouette
- Draw using the Lasso tool
- Draw using a layer mask
8. Drawing with Color Sketches
- Drawing only with color without contrast
- Express light and find a contrast
Section 03. Draw a Cute Background
9. What is Deformation?
- Why we love cuteness
- Understanding Deformation through an example
10. Let's Deform the Shape
- Deform a car
- Deform your house
11. Find a Casual Color
- Understanding RGB, HSB, & Color Wheel
- Tips for choosing a color
- Using pastel colors
12. How to draw cute pictures
- Set up cute situations
- Add fairy tale elements
Section 04. Drawing a Picture with a Story
13. Understanding the Basics of Composition & Layout
- Layout Basics
- Compositions to avoid
- Tips to create a good layout
14. Basics of Drawing Attractive Paintings: Create an Artwork with a Story
- Tips for creating work that tells a story
- Understanding Content & Visual Approach
- Add emotional aspects
15. How not to look like a landscape painting?
- How to avoid obvious layouts & drawings
- Tips for using color not to look like a landscape painting
Section 05. Drawing Conspicuous Backgrounds
16. Elements that Make the Drawing Look Rustic
- Immature touch, immature color, and immature layout
17. How to Use Light to make a Drawing Look Stylish
- Why the saturation rises at the boundary between light and shadow
- An illustration where you can feel the temperature of light
18. Why Paintings Deteriorate as the Level of Perfection Increases
- Having insufficient basic skills & completion experience
- Use Density only when & where it is needed
- Learn the courage to stop
Section 06. Bonus: Basics of 3D Max Required to Work Effectively in Practical Work
19. 3D MAX 1 (Interface & Modeling)
- Familiarize yourself with the basic interface
- Learn only the minimum functions required for work (modeling, camera, light, and rendering)
20. 3D MAX 2 (Camera, Lighting, & Rendering)
- Create a map with a cube and apply materials
- Set up the camera and physical sky
21. 3D Max: Practical Exercise
- Apply an image drawn with 3d Max to illustrator
Section 07. Tips for Studying Painting
22. Concluding the Class: Introducing Game & Artist and Art Book Recommendations
- Artbooks, games, & artist recommendations
- What does success mean to an artist?
- Importance of self-branding
- How to get lots of likes on your SNS
- Tips on creating a portfolio
- Words from the artist
Bonus: Illustration Production Video
- Setting the illustration concept
- Light settings, overall silhouette, and atmosphere settings
- Using a 3D Render to configure objects required for the illustration
- Applying a 3D Render object to a 2D illustration
- Finish working on the Illustration
with Illustrator Jay Kim
Why Should Artists Take This Class?
I learned to draw casual backgrounds after drawing backgrounds in a realistic style for a very long time. Therefore, I understand the difficulties of studying casual backgrounds better than anyone else. Thinking from a student's perspective, I will only point out and share the key points of what to draw and how to draw a cute background.
What’s the Purpose and Point
of this Class?
I wanted to create a class that encompasses not only the casual background but also the overall skills of the background conceptual painting through a solid basics class. From how to describe each material to learning a sense of deformation, color, illustration, and bonus 3ds Max skills, you will be able to increase your overall understanding of the various skills required by the background conceptual artist.
Why is Worldbuilding Necessary
The biggest difference between the original background painting and the landscape painting is the concept. Putting a picture on top of a well-organized setting and story can keep your eyes on it longer. In addition, the creation of multiple stories based on a single worldview creates a structure between tasks and makes it more advantageous to form a portfolio. This can be a good tip for job seekers in the game/animation background industry.
What were some aspects you paid most attention to when arranging this curriculum?
I believe that having fun drawing is more important than anything else. If you only study to draw well, you can get tired quickly and if the painter loses interest, the painting also loses vitality. I tried to convey the joy of creating a story by drawing skillfully and organizing the curriculum so that you can follow the process as easily as possible.
This course will use Adobe Photoshop CC.
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*Photoshop CS5 and higher versions can be used to take this course.
*However, using Photoshop is recommended as you might have trouble if you use Procreate or Clip Studio.
*These programs and/or materials will not be provided with the course.
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