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Environmental Storytelling

Composition and Shape Language with Eddie Bennun


In this title, Art Director Eddie Bennun shares his workflow for designing a credible game environment that portrays a clear story. Using Google SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop, Eddie explores the importance of shape language and its crucial role in creating a narrative composition. As the image evolves from big shapes and silhouettes to small storytelling details, a variety of tools, techniques and strategies are explained to assist the student's understanding of Eddie's professional process. Topics include how to keep consistency between foreground and background, creating a sense of depth and distance, choosing proper camera angles, photo textures and credibility, and attracting the viewer's curiosity. For those developing their environment design skills, this title provides a valuable lesson on how to take the efficiency of 3D layout into presentation ready illustration using 2D paintover techniques.

Duration: 2h 46m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Eddie Bennun

Senior Art Director & Concept Artist

Eddie Bennun is an art director and senior concept artist with a Master's degree in direction for animated movies and over 18 years of experience working in the game industry. 

In the earliest part of his career, Eddie taught art classes and worked on various projects as a 2D animator, illustrator, and painter. His first job in the game industry was at Gameloft, and he has been working in AAA games for another major studio for 18 years, where he has been dedicated for the last 12 years to contributing to one of the most iconic and influential game series in the world.

With 2 decades of industry experience, Eddie has worked as an Art Director, Concept Artist, and Illustrator. Follow Eddie on Instagram @eddie_bennun and on Facebook @eddie.bennun.