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This workshop teaches the foundations of Hard Surface Design and shows you how to draw complex objects in perspective. Simple shapes, line control, construction and form manipulation are the key principles of this class.

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This is a 2 day foundation class for Concept Artists, Illustrators and Students. Get individual feedback and take your drawing skills to the next level!

Content Summary

This workshop teaches you basic drawing skills that enable you to draw complex objects in perspective. You will learn about line, simple shapes, shape breakdown, basic perspective and construction. While this course demonstrates these techniques by using plate armour as the primary subject matter, the acquired knowledge can be applied to all sorts of objects, like vehicles, engines, mechs etc..

The first exercises help you to gain confidence, improve your linework and understand basic perspective and proportions. Our instructor then explains step by step how to break down complex objects into simple shapes. Constructing intimidating things like brigandines using primitive forms allows you to draw them in perspective and later from imagination. In this workshop you will also learn to communicate in a clear and efficient way, preparing you for presenting your work to colleagues or art directors.

key principles:

  • Lines, curves & ellipses
  • Basic shapes
  • Shape breakdown
  • Constructing complex 3-dimensional objects using simple shapes
  • Proportion
  • Basics of perspective

What you’ll learn:

  • Gain confidence
  • Draw steady and smooth lines
  • Draw complex objects from imagination
  • Visual communication

About the Instructor

Thomas Kleinberger
Thomas KleinbergerTeacher
Thomas Kleinberger has dedicated his life to art: he loves to draw, paint, sculpt and also takes great pleasure in passing on his knowledge to others. Before he started his career as an art teacher 10 years ago, he used to work in advertising, gaining experience in Product Design, Storyboarding, Character Design, Cartoons and Comics.
Thomas constantly strives to refine his drawing skills and travels Europe to learn first hand from masters like Will Weston, Glenn Vilppu and Peter Han. Airplanes are his favorite subject matter and if he hadn’t chosen to study Graphic Design, he would have become an aviation engineer.

Workshop Schedule

Day 1

9:00 – 11:00 Lines & Curves
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 13:00 Ellipses & Cylinders
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Arm
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 18:00 Leg, Knee, Shoes

Day 2

9:00 – 11:00 Body: Shoulder
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 13:00 Body: Hip
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Helmets
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 18:00 Gloves & Elbow

What is Hard Surface (Design)?

This term describes real and imagined man-made objects like cars, planes, engines and robots like BB-8 from Star Wars. It stands in opposition to organic subjects, that include all living things, like plants, animals and humans.

Hard surface design more or less means to create fictional man-made objects we’ve never seen before, which is usually the job of a Concept Artist. Since robots, spaceships, and fancy vehicles make a constant appearance in games and movies, Concept Artists are on high demand in the entertainment industry.

The Next Steps

This course gives you the tools you need to do studies on your own, either from photo reference or on location. With a bit of practise you can confidently draw hard surface objects from life, and even dive into creating your own designs. After completing this workshop, we highly recommend taking our subsequent class “Rendering Techniques for Hard Surface Design”. Thomas will teach you how to render different materials and how to apply these textures to complex 3-dimensional surfaces. On the 2nd day of the “Rendering” course we’ll leave the classroom and draw at the Styrian Armoury of Graz, the largest historical armoury in the world!  

About the Venue

The workshop is held at the Erzherzog-Johan-Salon (John of Austria Saloon) in Graz. The venue is easily accessible by car and public transport. There's a basement carpark (10€/day) right below the venue and the next bus stop is 300 metres away (bus line 40, direction "Gösting"; bus station: "Anton-Kleinoscheg-Strasse"). We've also got a bakery/cafe ("Auer") and a supermarket right next to our venue. The cafe serves delicious coffee, snacks and breakfast, so we can definitely recommend it to those who want to meet beforehand and enjoy breakfast together.
Please take a look at our page “location” for travel advice and apartment recommendations. If you need more help (plane, train, bus tickets, free parking options etc.) contact us at: contact@carbon-black.design