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Designing Sci-Fi Weapons for Film

Concepting Hero & Villain Blasters using Photoshop with Paul Ozzimo


Learn the techniques that professional concept artists use in fast-paced production environments to design props for movies. Paul Ozzimo, a Concept Designer and Art Director with over 35 years of experience and credits including Avatar, The Avengers, and The Mandalorian, shares how to design and export artwork using Photoshop to bring exciting props to life.

Only basic Photoshop skills are required for this concept design workshop. Paul demonstrates how to create four different Blaster weapon designs; you’ll learn how to use the Photoshop Selection Tools for cutting out images, how to use and create your own ‘Blaster Sheet’ resource, and discover Paul’s simple Photoshop color-correction and painting methods. You’ll also discover how to add simple backgrounds to your designs to emphasize your artwork.

In this workshop, you will discover essential skills that will prepare you for the demands of studio work. Being able to produce artwork quickly is often more important than perfection, so efficiency is key.

Included with this workshop are Paul’s final completed Blaster designs for both the “good guy” and “bad guy” characters, along with his ‘Blaster Sheet’ reference board to help with design elements.

Duration: 5h 49m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Paul Ozzimo

Freelance Concept Designer & Art Director

Paul Ozzimo is a Concept Designer and Art Director with a passion for making cool things. He has been working in the motion picture industry for over 35 years, with such credits as Avatar, The Avengers, The Mandalorian, and so many more. He was whisked into the business at 19 years old to work on The Abyss and has never looked back since. He is an Art Center Pasadena dropout and loves the beach and his One Wheel. When he’s not designing for movies, you can find him with his wife Julie and his son Asher somewhere in Huntington Beach. 

Follow Paul on Instagram @ozzimopaul and on ArtStation @paulozzimo.