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Concept Design Workflow Vol 2: Using Modo and Photoshop to Visualize Design

with Aaron Limonick

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In this lecture and demonstration, Aaron Limonick explains his illustration and design process using 3D software and 2D painting. Using Modo as a visualization tool, Aaron demonstrates different methods of using a 3D model to start a finished illustration. Setting up lighting and rendering in his 3D scene, he then applies textures and paint in Photoshop to produce a finished illustration. Explaining function as much as form, Aaron explains his thought process behind creating such environmental designs, and how said techniques are used only to support the original inspiration and design. In a continuation of Concept Design Workflow: Volume 1, he shares the full design process from a fast color key sketch, to a 3D render and final illustration ready for production.

  • Setup 3D scene
  • Textures
  • Paint and photo integration
  • Design
  1. Intro and setting up Modo scene 1
  2. Setting up Modo scene 2
  3. Setting up Modo scene 3
  4. Texture Application
  5. Integrating paint and photo with alpha channels 1
  6. Integrating paint and photo with alpha channels 2
  7. Integrating paint and photo with alpha channels 3
  8. Designing new elements
  9. Designing bg elements and ships
  10. Lighting adjustments and finishing touches
  11. Outro
  • Product Code: ALI03
  • ISBN: 1-59762-724-0
  • UPC: 805366018405
  • Duration: 348 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM, Digital Download

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  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

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  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2


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  • Software Used:

  • Luxology

  • Adobe

Aaron Limonick

Illustrator and Concept Designer

Aaron Limonick was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been working as a concept artist in entertainment since 2004. While studying illustration and traditional painting at the Art Center College of Design, Aaron 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, including developing the original ip GUN ', he moved to San Diego and worked at High Moon Studios for over four years. There he worked on pitch artwork for multiple new projects as well as The Bourne Conspiracy and Transformers: War for Cybertron. After moving back to Los Angeles in 2011, he worked freelance on films such as RIPD, Seventh Son, Into the Storm, as well as for clients such as LEGO, Disney, and Mirada. Aaron now works as a concept artist at Naughty Dog, having recently contributed designs to Uncharted and The Last of Us.