Concept Art: Break Artist’s Block with Emergent Design - L410

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  • Sam Nielson

    Sam Nielson

    Concept Artist, Concept Artist and Illustrator


Sometimes you stare at the blank page and…nothing comes. Other times, you start with a vision, but your design work goes nowhere. Sound familiar? Join concept artist and illustrator Sam Nielson, who will help you break through artist’s block and find the next step in your design process using techniques he has employed throughout his career in the animation industry. With this new emergent design process, you’ll learn how to be effective no matter what obstacles are blocking your art.

As Sam shares his approach in this follow-along lab, you’ll learn how to:

  • Design iteratively with the mindset of an animator
  • Transform mistakes and randomness into appealing design
  • Allow a design to develop from vague to specific
  • Paint and design at the same time

Technical Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Session Type: Lab

Category: How To

Track: Illustration and Digital Painting, Graphic Design, Photography

Audience: Art/Creative Director, Graphic Designer, Motion Designer, Print Designer, Illustrator

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