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Concept Design

From Abstraction to Production with Aaron Limonick


Focusing on the earliest stage of pre-production, inspiration becomes the artist's most important weapon in pitching an idea to a director. In this class, Aaron Limonick demonstrates bringing an abstract ink experiment to a realized conceptual sketch using Adobe® Photoshop®. The focus of the sketch will range from industrial design to creating a traditionally painted look and a textural surface within the digital medium. While the demonstration will cover a multitude of digital painting techniques used to create concept art, it will also stress the importance of inspiration and the link between influences and the final product itself. Aaron will give his account of working as a concept artist in the entertainment industry, while searching for unique sources for imagery and creative stimulation.

Duration: 276 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

Aaron Limonick

Lead Concept Artist at Naughty Dog, Inc.

Aaron Limonick has worked in the entertainment industry since 2004. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he studied illustration at Art Center College of Design and began gravitating towards the collaborative effort that entertainment lends itself to. Through a fellow artist, he got his first job working for Activision at Neversoft Entertainment. After working on several games at Neversoft, including developing the original ip, "ì GUN", he moved to San Diego and worked at High Moon Studios for over four years. Here, he worked on pitch artwork for multiple Vivendi Universal projects, as well as developing the 1980's-based reboot, "Transformers: War for Cybertron" under Activision. Having worked on feature films, feature animation, television, theme park design, fashion, advertising, and VR, Aaron has used his illustration and design skill-set in many diverse creative environments. Over the years he has worked for studios such as LEGO, Disney, Rhythm and Hues, Method Studios, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Blur and Mirada. In 2011 Aaron joined Sony at Naughty Dog Inc. and was a Lead Concept Artist on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and now is in development on The Last of Us: Part II.