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How to Render Matte Surfaces 1

Shading Planar Surfaces

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On this first of three DVDs in the Matte Surface rendering series, Scott shares with you the shading techniques he has been teaching for over a decade. Scott covers the necessary tools and materials, explaining how to use them. Next he explains and demonstrates the basics of how our brains interpret form via value changes. Scott uses observational video clips of a box in various lighting scenarios to reinforce his value assignment strategy. Walking you through several sketches, he shows his techniques for properly constructing the cast shadows of planar forms. The rendering examples demonstrate the use of pencil, chalk and marker. This DVD is intended as a "must-watch" for beginners and a good refresher for the more experienced artist/designer.

  • Tools and Materials
  • Contrast and 1-2-3 Read
  • Calculating Cast Shadows
  • Form Changes = Value Changes
  • Observing Reality
  • Light Types
  • Quick-Shading Techniques
  • Focal Point
  1. Introduction
  2. Form Change = Value Change
  3. Tools and Materials
  4. Casting Shadows
  5. Reflected Light
  6. Halfway to Black
  7. Lighting Strategies
  8. Sunlight Shading Demos
  9. Local Light Demos
  10. The Last Rendering
  • Product Code: SRO07
  • ISBN: 1-59762-940-5
  • UPC: 805366016241
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-VIDEO

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Scott Robertson

Founder, Design Studio Press

Scott attended Art Center College of Design where he graduated with honors with a B.S. degree in Transportation Design in April 1990. The day after graduation, Scott opened a product design consulting firm in San Francisco with friend Neville Page. While there clients included Kestrel, Giro Sport Design, Nissan, Volvo, and Yamaha. In 1995 Scott relocated to Vevey, Switzerland to teach drawing and industrial design at Art Center, Europe until the middle of 1996. Since returning from Europe, Scott’s clients have included BMW subsidiary Design-works/USA, Raleigh Bicycles, Mattel Toys, Patagonia, Minority Report feature film, Nike, Rock Shox, Universal Studios, Angel Studios and Fiat, to name a few. Today he continues to teach drawing at Art Center College of Design. Recently, Scott launched Design Studio Press, a publishing company dedicated to inspiring and educational art books and DVDs.

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"Definitely one of the finer designers of our generation. Scott's innovative designs bridge the gap between today's fiction and tomorrow's science. His attention to detail is sometimes mind blowing... but he is not somebody to keeps it all to himself. He is so concerned with teaching his knowledge to others that it makes him one of the top educators in digital and traditional art."

- Harald Belker
Concept Designer

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