A golden opportunity

This is an unmissable opportunity to be mentored in digital painting by internationally acclaimed concept artist for the film and entertainment industries - Ev Shipard. You’ll be led through the process of realising a narrative moment, learning pro techniques from a master whilst replicating the workflows and processes used in a production art department to create your own interpretation of a unique script excerpt.


Get mentored by a Blockbuster film
concept artist

Ev Shipard

Ev is one of the world’s most highly sought-after digital concept artists. He has worked with some of the biggest visual effects and entertainment studios across the globe and has acted as the digital environment visionary for Ridley Scott and Oliver Stone. Throughout his 15 year career, Ev has contributed cinematic art to some 30 feature films including:


Designed for experienced digital artists

This masterclass is designed for experienced digital artists who want to learn pro-techniques to level-up their skills, as well as the workflows and processes that can be relied upon to create digital paintings in a day-to-day production art department.
Students must:

  • Have a strong knowledge of Photoshop; and
  • Good fundamental art skills.


This is a great opportunity to learn from Ev Shipard, an Australian Concept Artist with an impressive Blockbuster Film Portfolio.


Present your work at an exclusive industry showcase event involving representatives from film, VFX, studios and agencies.


Receive a 60 minute one-on-one mentoring session with Ev Shipard giving you a rare opportunity to gain personalised guidance from an industry guru.


Receive free membership valued at $150 to the not-for-profit organisation Australian Production and Design Guild.


From Script to Production-Ready Artwork

Ev's teaching will bring the context of a feature film art department to the classroom & will reveal his impressionistic style. Students will work through the creation of art for clearly defined narrative projects, incorporating art fundamentals & advanced techniques whilst learning industry best practice. Students will leave with a portfolio of artwork that's ready for production.

The topics you will cover include:

A showcase of work to offer inspiration and provide a visual overview of what will be covered over the coming 10 weeks.
Learn about the role, function and importance of digital painting in a production art department.
Solidify your fundamental art skills by building upon theory and learning how to apply advanced techniques to film & art.
Learn to flesh out and refine ideas through thumbnailing, helping to distil the creative direction and specific features such as curves, lines and perspectives.
Explore simple value structures, design and how to apply these principles to your work.
Explore & apply aspects of light and framing for film and entertainment to establish the right mood and increase visual appeal.
Understand how guru artists approach study techniques.
Learn how to break the elements of a script down in order to visualise and arrive at a powerful interpretation of a scene.
Maximise atmosphere & mood for your concept art by learning and applying advanced colour theory.
Up-to-the-minute industry best practice for securing visual references as well as working cohesively and efficiently within the production pipeline.
Good photographic references are the key to success digital matte painting. Learn the process and techniques to integrate these images with your work.
Learn pro techniques through live demonstration.
Learn pro techniques through live demonstration.
Learn pro techniques through live demonstration.

Master your art

Through a combination of theory, practice and live demonstration, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills that will help take your work to the next level, including:

  • The role and function of digital painting within a production art department.
  • The ability to break a script down to conceptualise and visualise scenes that contribute to an overall story.
  • How to work efficiently within a production pipeline - including up-to-the-minute industry best practice on process and workflows.
  • Advanced art theory and its application to film and entertainment art - including colour, light, value structures & composition - and techniques for establishing the right mood and atmosphere.
  • An approach that can be relied upon to create production-ready art - from research and study techniques to thumbnailing and detailing.
  • How to paint from life.
  • Professional techniques to take your work to the next level.

Learn in Sydney or Melbourne

Sydney Melbourne
Format 10 weeks part-time 1 week intensive
Dates 18 September-20 November 26 November - 1 December
Day & Time Tuesdays, 3pm - 8pm Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
Location Level2,
7 Kelly Street
Ultimo NSW
Level 13
120 Spencer Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Price $3,500  50% discount. Pay $1,750 $3,500  50% discount. Pay $1,750

Entry Requirements

Students must be experienced with Adobe Photoshop and have a good creative ability.

Preferably, students will submit a portfolio of 3 of their best digital works as part of the application process - however this is not essential.

Students must bring their own:

Laptop running Adobe Photoshop (Melbourne only)
Wacom tablet
Notepad & pen


Financing Options

Need help with payment?
Talk to our admissions team about a flexible installment payment plan via Ezidebit, so you can focus on reaching your goals sooner.

  • Multiple payment options, including credit card, direct debit and EFTPOS.
  • Interest free.
  • Fees may apply