Hello Everyone! With another year come and gone, we like to take a quick look back at what was great during the past year and give you guys an insight at the upcoming year! Concept Cookie is just barely over a year old and the amount of support and feedback has been humbling and I am grateful for every single follower and subscriber concept cookie receives.
For those who are new to the site, Concept Cookie is a branch of the CG Cookie training network. My name is Tim Von Rueden and I graduated with a degree in Game Art and Design. Concept Cookie began up after I was hired as a concept artist for CGCookie. After a few months, they took a risk and launched this new site with me at the helm. It was intimidating and I couldn’t thank them enough for the opportunity. Since then we have learned and expanded the site and have created a “Cookie Community” that has been most helpful in shaping what the site has become and will continue to become in this new year.
LOOKING BACK AT 2012
Over the site’s first year we had some great highlights from creating Eat Sheep, our first iOS game to the newly established courses on the site. Eat Sheep was released back in August on the iPad and it was a great experience to be a part of this team. Here is the game’s official website for more details: EAT SHEEP
We had a great year in Contests with our Winter King, Modern Vampire, Original Eat Sheep Monster, and Coloring Kara Contest. These contests are a great way to test out your current skills and enter your chance to win some great prizes. You can be sure to expect more of these for the new year!
2012 was filled with amazing digital artists that took the time to interview with us. I can’t stress enough how invaluable these interviews are and the insight that they provide is incredible. I seek out artists that I admire and that means across the globe. It is an honor whenever they get back to me and are willing to answer our questions. These can always be found under the “community” tab up top under “interviews”. This past year we had the privilege of interviewing Lane Brown, Ruan Jia, Daarken, Peter Mohrbacher, Matt Kohr, Cameron Davis, Lois, Cyril Rolando, and Andrew Johnson.
Citizen Member Benefits
Citizen members are the fuel keeping our CG Cookie tanks going. If you would like to become a member yourself, check it out here: Citizen Membership
If you are on the fence about signing up, here are a few reasons why you should join.
Not only do you receive all the exclusive resources, downloads, and tutorials from Concept Cookie but across the CG Cookie network. This means all the exclusive contest on Blender Cookie, Max Cookie, and Unity Cookie. So you can receive a full education from Conception, Modeling, to taking it into a Game Engine.
Courses are Citizen Exclusive
We have introduced courses as well across all the cookie sites and concept cookie was no exception. First, we had the Character Concept art course with the Natalia Course, looking in each of the standard steps in creating character concept art. In June the Software brothers made their appearance in this short Stylized Characters Course. October was the month of the Creature Course and this took the viewer through the different surfaces and textures of a creature. And the latest one from last month is the Pixel Course, which took an in-depth look at getting started in pixel art.
Lastly, we had a slew of resources available for you guys to download and use in your own work. This includes Turnarounds, Brushes, References, Anatomy, and so much more! For most of these, I include a free sample for everyone to download but to get access to the majority of them, you must be a citizen member to download.
CONCEPT COOKIE’s ACROSS THE INTERNET
The site has grown into other sites across the wonderful internet and if you belong to any of these pages and would like to follow us there as well I have listed each of those sites below!
Facebook Page: This is where every update on the site, what’s happening at the studio, and just great art posts that I stumble across will be posted.
Youtube Page: Our free tutorials are now being hosted on this page along with timelapses and intro videos to courses to act as a sneak peek.
DeviantArt Page: I have been on DeviantArt for years, so for those who would like to follow us on here as well, feel free to subscribe and you may receive a llama!
Twitter Page: This is soley for new tutorial and site updates. So no worries if you do not like random postings on twitter. I do not compose any
CGHub: CGHub is a site full of inspiring and professional standard artwork and will be another place to find our top resources and tutorials.
Tumblr: The newest site I have attached Concept Cookie to is Tumblr after finding some of our images already on the site reposted from someone else.
THE OUTLOOK OF 2013!
For this next year, we have a few plans already set and in production. We are going to be adding a slew of new resources from turnarounds, reference sheets, photo references, and life model references. You can always look forward to a new contest every new season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and a new course roughly every other month.
ABOVE ALL ELSE: What would YOU like to see?
This is a site dedicated to provided resources and helpful tutorials for the cookie community to grow and strengthen their digital art skills. In the comment section let us know what you would like to see next, whether it be a specific topic, resource, tutorial, brushes, etc. Whatever it may be we wanna hear it because you never know if your suggestion will be exactly what we create next!