The CDW offers a unique opportunity to gain insight and tips into the
world of concept design. These exclusive events are intensive workshops
featuring some of the industry's most prominent concept artists. Industry
professionals and students alike will have the opportunity to learn what
it takes to become a successful concept designer and will hone and
develop industry specific techniques that are used in a day to day
Featuring a selection of some of the best creative talent both locally,
interstate and overseas, these workshops have something exciting
and valuable to offer everyone involved!
2012 is the year of new opportunities. Building upon the sold out success
of Adelaide 2011 and Melbourne earlier this year, new workshops
are being launched in Sydney NSW and Wellington NZ.
Keep your eyes peeled for the new workshops, new downloads (in depth
tutorials by some of the best creative talent) and other information.
The 2012 Sydney workshop has now been launched!
We have a fantastic line-up organised with some of the best local
and international concept designers presenting including:
Kekai Kotaki, Gerhard Mozsi and John Park.
Also joining us for the special one day workshop is
Ben Mauro and Robin Eley.
Check out the website NOW for more details and to book your tickets
to this awesome event. Spots fill up fast so don't miss out!
Last edited by CDW Australia/NZ; May 25th, 2012 at 08:13 AM.
AWESOME write up! Thanks
It's a shame you didn't get much interest.
We'll see what we can do to drum up some more
Have you been to one of the workshops before?
This year we have some AWESOME concept designers presenting
at the 1 week workshop. Find out more about the artists:
KEKAI KOTAKI is an internationally acclaimed concept artist and illustrator. He is currently
senior concept artist at ArenaNet, the makers of the Guild Wars franchise and is also a freelance
illustrator. Kekai has won numerous awards worldwide and his work can be seen in publications
including: Spectrum 17/16/15, Expose 8/7/6/5/4, Exotique 6/5/4/3 and Digital Art Masters 5
and frequently in Imagine FX just to name a few! Kekai’s list of clients includes: ArenaNet,
Wizards of the Coast, Tor Books, Blur, DC Comics, Fantasy Flight Games, Paizo, Phoenix Age,
ROBOT Communications, ImagineFX, Macmillan, Fantom Print, Eclipse Publishing and Ballistic
Publishing. Kekai also lectures and demo’s at workshops around the world including at the Concept
Design Academy in LA and aslo at Feng Zhu’s Master Designer Workshop 2012. Singapore.
To see more of Kekai’s work visit: www.kekaiart.com
GERHARD MOZSI is currently a concept artist/matte painter working at Cartel Artists in Sydney,
Australia. Gerhard has worked on numerous Hollywood film projects including: Pre Vis for
The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Last Dragon, The Chronicles of
Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Terminator Salvation and also worked for game companies:
Acony Games and THQ Studio Australia.
To see more of Gerhard’s work visit: www.gerhardmozsi.com
JOHN PARK is currently Lead Concept Artist at Adhesive Games (creators of HAWKEN)
and teacher in LA. John started his career as a concept artist at Design Studio Press, working
with Scott Robertson on the project/book Alien Race. John’s list of clients includes: SpinMasters,
NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, Hasbro, Mattel, Blur Studios, Spark Unlimited and
Outso. John also teaches classes at Red Engine. A private entertainment design school
located in downtown Los Angeles.
To see more of John’s work visit: www.jparked.blogspot.com
Book your tickets NOW
Check it out.
Promo video from the 2012 Melbourne CDW event has been launched.
Have a look at all the highlights. If you are thinking about coming along to the
Sydney workshop, this gives you a really great idea of what it's all about!
Click HERE to check it out.
As well as the 5-day workshop, we have a special
ONE DAY intensive presentation by the infamous
Ben Mauro and Robin Eley.
If you come along to the main workshop, the Saturday intensive is included
BUT you are able to purchase tickets for the Saturday workshop seperately.
This is a great option for those who have commitments during the week
or are trying to juggle budgets.
Check out their bio's below, or have a look at our website HERE.
Sculpting in Z-Brish for Concept Artists with Ben Mauro
BEN MAURO is concept designer working for the film industry in Wellington, New Zealand.
He is currently employed at Weta Workshop and is working on loads of cool movies!
Including The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,
Elysium among many others. Some of Ben’s previous clients include: Universal Pictures,
EUROPACORP, Vishwa Robotics, Sony Pictures Animation, Insomniac Games, Lucasfilm
and Design Studio Press.
To see more of Ben’s work visit: www.artofben.com
Oil Painting techniques with Robin Eley
ROBIN ELEY was born in London to an Australian father and Chinese mother. In 1981, the
family returned to Australia where he would complete his secondary education.
In 1997 he travelled to the United States to attend Westmont College, earning his BA
in Fine Arts and captaining the basketball team. In recent times his work has been
recognised by the Archibald Prize (Finalist 2012) the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
(Highly Commended runner-up in 2010 and Highly Commended 3rd place in 2011)
and his debut solo exhibition “Singularity” at Hill Smith Gallery, sold out before prior
to opening. He now lives in Adelaide with his wife, Rachel.
To see more of Robins work visit: www.robineley.com
Oh, by the way, No I haven't been to one of the workshops before. But I have friends who went to the first Adelaide workshop and they say it's worth going to. Since you guys have had time and experience organizing a few events I figure this one in Sydney is going to run so much better
1 FREE TICKET UP FOR GRABS
Thanks to the guys at Double Happy Rabbits, we have
another ticket to the Sydney Saturday Workshop to be won.
Headed up by Ben Mauro and Robin Eley,
This intensive workshop should be a smash!
All you have to do is upload a piece of your concept art to win!
Brought to you by the awesome www.doublehappyrabbits.com
You have until June 15th Australia time to enter!! Get Drawing!!
To enter visit the FACEBOOK page.
Entries close 5.30pm, Friday, June 15th.
2 Days left to get in before the earlybird deadline.
Tickets can be booked online at
We've already started to plan for next year so hopefully you can make one of the next one's.
Also check out our digital downloads. We film our workshops and feature the key parts of the
presentations. They're crammed full of cracking tips and techniques. Have a look at our website:
Wacom Australia are giving away 4 TICKETS
to the Sydney Saturday Workshop with
Ben Mauro and Robin Eley.
All you have to do is tell them in 300 words or less:
why you deserve the chance to go to Concept Design
Workshop Australia's SPECIAL SATURDAY workshop.
Check them out and enter through their Facebook page:
DOUBLE HAPPY RABBITS
Thanks to the guys at Double Happy Rabbits we have
1 MORE TICKET to give away for the Sydney Saturday
Workshop with Ben Mauro and Robin Eley.
All you have to do to win is click LIKE to the
Facebook post about this competition. Easy!
Check them out and enter through our Facebook page:
SYDNEY WORKSHOP STARTS MONDAY
Looking forward to seeing all you guys there!
Remember, tickets for the Saturday Workshop
can be purchased up until next Friday!
I've got the downloads, I've got my tickets on a weekly payment, I've got my accommodation for the week, just one question that i don't think i ever got around to asking that might be extremely helpful... is there free parking? lol
The SYDNEY WORKSHOP
was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!
"an awesome, out there workshop, cool instructors"
Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a memorable event!
"getting a glimpse of the industry behind the scenes"
And a special thanks to our awesome presenters:
"It was great getting to hear personal experiences from
artists that have already made it in the industry"
Check out some of the things that people had to say...
"I think this event is a great initiative. To bring this format
of learning with this calibre of artist to Australia can only be greatly
beneficial to what has become a lagging industry in this country"
"loved being able to be surrounded by people with similar interests"
On the Saturday workshop. Ben Mauro gave an awe-inspiring
ZBrush demo. It was great to see a really different approach to creating
concept art for film. Ben showed just how quickly he can come up with
concepts and ideas in ZBrush. Then exporting the sculpts out Ben showed
how to polish and tie his design together in Photoshop where the image
quickly becomes a fully realized production painting.
Ben finished up his first design with a little time to spare and
even did a second ZBrush sculpt for the audience. It was
If you want to see more of Ben's amazing
techniques, come along to our Wellington Workshop.
Find out more HERE and HERE.
In the afternoon the CDW 2012 Sydney event finished up with
a fantastic lecture and demo from oil painter Robin Eley. Robin gave
so much advice about working as an artist and being a student or
starting out in the industry and how to handle that as a career choice.
He also shared a lot of his own experiences of how his career changed
pathways and evolved along the way.
Robin shared a lot of his process throughout the afternoon including
what paints/canvasses to use, what brushes to use, how to mix paints
and how to paint with oils. This culminated in Robin working on a beautiful
portrait and just showing how much dedication goes into the process.
If you missed out on Robin's presentation or want to see
more of his detailed process, come along to his free SALA talk
and demo in Adelaide. Find out more HERE and HERE.