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Illustration From Imagination

“Blood Eels of the Siren’s Ossuary” with Cameron Scott Davis


In this lecture and demonstration, join Cameron Scott Davis on a journey through his ideation and technical pipeline in the creation of the 2D image “Blood Eels of the Siren’s Ossuary”. Using years of experience and a basic set of tools, Davis discusses image creation and the importance of preserving the human touch in a digital world. Starting with a loose concept based on the mythological aspects of the mermaid, Davis explores composition and directing the eye of the viewer. Beginning with a traditional penciled line drawing that is scanned into the computer, witness the piece come to life using Adobe Photoshop and basic visual communication skills. An onslaught of rendering focuses largely on the timeless aspects of visual storytelling. Davis also discusses his desire to understand the psyche of the viewer and manipulate audience reaction to achieve maximum emotional effect. Lighting, shape, color, composition, and subject matter all work to inform the viewer how they might feel while preserving just enough of the unknown to write their own personal narrative. Davis also delves into his thoughts on career and lends advice for young professionals looking to break into the entertainment industry. A guest auditory appearance by illustrator and master teacher Marshall Vandruff rounds out the lecture and lends a unique and alternate perspective by discussing his own reactions to the image.

Duration: 2h 24m

Format: HD 1600x900

Cameron Scott Davis

Freelance Illustrator

Cameron Scott Davis has worked as a Visual Development Artist and Art Director in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. His clients include Activision/Blizzard, DreamWorks Feature Animation, Sideshow Collectibles, Warner Brothers, Fox, Sony, and many more. 

Cameron has created an intellectual property called “SleepWalker” and enjoys world-building and script writing. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught Character Design classes at Gnomon School in Hollywood in addition to his tutorial available through The Gnomon Workshop.

  • "Creating comedic, charismatic, crazy concoctions characterizing cool, Cameron. ;D !"

    - Daphne Yap
    Concept Artist, Illustrator, Designer