ArtStation Masterclasses 3 Instructor Spotlight: Francesco Corvino
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From now until the the event begins in March, we’ll be releasing an exclusive interview with one of the all-star instructors every week. This week we’re chatting with Concept Artist and Architect Francesco Corvino whose passion for architecture, movies and storytelling is the main force behind his visionary style. His work in film includes credits on Thor Ragnarok, Fantastic Beasts, The Martian, Game of Thrones, Birdman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Maleficent, and World War Z, just to name a few.
Masterclass : Cinematic Illustration for Films
Storytelling, mood, composition, and ultimately the Director’s vision, are the essential elements that any successful concept artist must translate on the canvas quickly and effectively. Starting from the initial brief all the way to the final touch-ups, Francesco Corvino shows his daily routine to create compelling images for the film industry.
How did your background in architecture transition to a career in concept art?
Today I keep doing what I loved doing at University: imagining how Architecture and Urban Development could be in the future, in other worlds, or how it could have been in a past we know very little about.
Look around you to learn how you can improve your art, but then go ahead your own way and develop art that is truly representative of who you are and how you see the world. Avoid the urge to copy trends, or making things just for the sake of being appreciated by those around you. You’ll just end up being the pale copy of somebody else, and that guy will always be better at being himself than you’ll ever be. Strive to show to the world the unique artist and individual you already are, even if it means swimming against the tide. Know who you are and what you want to accomplish. When I learnt this lesson, I finally felt truly free and accomplished.
What’s one thing that students in your Masterclass can expect to learn?
What’s something about working in the film industry that you think most people don’t know?
You should never lose sight of this. Designing is why you’ve been hired in the first place. The director wants your creative contribution, not just an illustration, no matter how beautiful this is. This means going through a design process that goes way beyond the act of creating a compelling image. It means you’ll have to spend a lot of your time doing research, collecting references, throwing ideas around. The images you’ll create are just a mean to an end, not a goal in itself so don’t get fond of them. You’ll probably have to quickly disregard them and come up with something different. They can be rough, even horrible, but if they sell a solid design, job done.
To sum things up, before you do anything, ask yourself what do you really want to do? What is it about concept art that makes you tick? Is it the act of designing, or the process itself? Ask other experienced concept designers about what they do and what their day-by-day routine entails. This will help you to be more aware of what you’re really getting into and take a more conscious decision.