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Field trip to the Styrian Armoury

This workshop teaches you rendering techniques for Hard Surface Design. Material indication, light & shadow and detail application are the focus of this class.

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This is a 2 day rendering 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 simple and complex rendering techniques. While the former allow you to do quick studies on location, you can use the latter to render  plate armour in full detail, creating impressive and astonishing pieces.

On the first day the key principles of tonal value, light and shadow are introduced. This knowledge will be applied by rendering simple shapes at first, before moving on to complex objects like helmets, brigandines and cuisses (leg armour). Afterwards our instructor shows you how to render various materials like matte and shiny metal, leather, fabric etc. This allows you to finalise not only the basic plates like the cuirass, but also details and accessories like straps, surcoat and chain mail. To round the first day off, a complete suit of armour will be drawn and rendered in full detail.

On the second day we’ll go on a field trip to the Styrian Armoury of Graz, the world’s largest historical armoury in the world. It features a collection of over 32.000 pieces of medieval armour and weaponry that are stored and displayed in a way that is reminiscent of a seventeenth-century arsenal. Even the designers who worked on the original Star Wars trilogy made their way to Austria, just to visit this vast and unique collection.

key principles:

  • Basic light & shadow
  • Values
  • Material indication
  • Rendering simple and complex objects

What you’ll learn:

  • Rendering glossy, shiny and matte surfaces
  • Textures like leather and chain mail
  • Quick rendering techniques for onsight studies
  • Detailed rendering techniques
  • Creating a fully rendered, finalised drawing

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 Basic Light & Shadow + Values
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 13:00 Rendering Simple & Complex Forms
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Material Indication
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 18:00 Putting it all Together:
Detailed Rendering of a Knight in Full Armour

Day 2

10:00 – 13:00 Drawing at the Armoury
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Drawing at the Armoury

The Armoury

The Styrian Armoury of Graz is the world’s largest collection of medieval armour and weaponry. The exhibition displays over 32.000 pieces on 4 floors, including plate armour, swords, muskets, cannons, pikes and more.

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.

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