Concept Art Master Series: Visual Development by Tom Zhao + Arthur Fong

Arthur Fong from Dreamworks Animation and Tom Zhao from Blur Studio would be conducting a 4 hour lecture and a 3 day master series workshop with hands on practical classe. For more information, please visit CGProtege: Concept Art Master Series


About the Artists

Arthur Fong's first professional gig was in high school where he illustrated portraits for families. He attended Art Center College of Design with no clear direction of where he wanted his career to go, but with a huge passion for art. This allowed him to explore all the possibilities in illustration, transportation design, and finally choosing to focus on the Entertainment Design Major. A year before graduation, he was accepted to the art internship program at Blue Sky Studios where he was a temporary designer for the movie "Rio". He returned to school after three months and adapted his knowledge of the animation industry into his final projects for senior year. He started at DreamWorks Animation immediately after graduating in 2010 and has been there since then.

Some of the projects he has worked on include :

2009: Rio, Junior Designer - Blue Sky Studios
2012: Rise of the Guardians, Visual Development - DreamWorks Animation
2013: The Croods, Visual Development - DreamWorks Animation
TBA: Me and My Shadow, Visual Development - DreamWorks Animation
2016: Kung Fu Panda 3, Visual Development - DreamWorks Animation

View more of his works here and here.


Tom Zhao took his first step into the concept art world in 2007 when he decided to stop pursuing a career in medicine at the University of Virginia in order to chase his dream of becoming a concept artist. Determined that he had found his true calling, he moved across the country to attend The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he learned as much as he cound from many wonderful teachers. After four years of grueling all-nighters and hard work, he graduated with Honors in Entertainment Design in 2011. Following an internship at Disney Consumer Products, he joined the talented team at Blur Studio where he currently contributes to various games, films, and animation as a conceptual designer.

Some of the projects he has worked on include : Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Fox NFL/UFC, Planetside 2, Dark Souls 2, Elder Scrolls Online, Farcry 3, Halo 4, Warhammer: Dark MIllenium Online, Batman: Arkham Origins.

View more of his artwork here.



Master Lecture (4 Hours)

DATE : July 11, Thursday

TIME : 5.00pm to 9.00pm (including dinner break)

VENUE : ITE College Central, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive

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Master Class (3 Days)

DATE : July 12 to July 14, Friday to Sunday (FULL DAY)

VENUE : ITE College Central, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive

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