by David Revoy

This course is for illustration artists who want to integrate 3D modeling skills and 2D digital painting skills into their workflow. We will learn how to use Krita and Blender to create unique pre-production character designs and concept art for 3D animation.

The 5-day course at the Blender Institute covers the following topics:

Day 1: Finding the character
We begin by creating a collection of speedpainting illustrations for our 3D animation character.

  • speed-painting techniques
  • creating variations and development
  • anatomy for 3D characters

Day 2: Fleshing out the character
We choose a design and start to refine our character using Krita and Blender.

  • character personality poses (anatomical study)
  • expression sheet
  • coloring
  • Shading and lighting

Day 3: Model Sheets
We will create a template for 3D modeling and learn how to use it in order to provide visual information for 3D modeling and rigging artists.

  • model sheet
  • construction notes: interaction of body and hair, clothes, fur, gears, props, abilities, etc.

Day 4: Concept art
We will explore the dynamics between the character and his environment.

  • environment speedpainting
  • composition
  • color and values

Day 5: More concept art!
We will refine and finalize the designs from the day before.

  • quick 3D mock ups
  • paintover in Krita

5 day course

  • Date to be announced depending on registrations
  • Date will be confirmed at least 4 weeks before a training starts. (5 registrations minimal)
  • Courses are daily from 10:00 to 16:30h.
  • Classroom and assistance is available from 9:00 to 18:00h.

Costs: € 1600 (ex tax)

  • Including lunches and all the coffee/tea/soda/cookies you can find in Blender Institute
  • Meet with the Blender crew! Includes guest lectures by crew members.
  • On request we assist finding an affordable hotel nearby.
  • Price is including  21% VAT
  • Printed certificate at end of the course.

Sign up today!

This course has a waiting list. Send a mail to training(at) – we will notify you about the next date for the course.


The new Blender office is located perfectly for people arriving by public transport or car. With the new metro line it’s just 5 minutes to Central Station. The building is also close to the A10 highway. There is plenty of affordable parking space (10 euro for a full day).

Address: Buikslotermeerplein 161, 1025 ET Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Class room equipment

Each student gets a well prepared Linux workstation with 27″ monitor. We recommend you to bring your own laptop with private files or footage. If you wish you can use the laptop for the course days as well.

Terms and conditions

We aim for 100% customer satisfaction. However, courses are commercial ventures in which Blender Institute invested quite a lot to make this possible. For that reason we have a well defined refund policy. Our standard terms and conditions can be downloaded here.