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Narrative Character Design

Creating Heroes with Ryan Meinerding

In this workshop, Ryan Meinerding shares his workflow for designing characters that effectively illustrate a story's narrative. Ryan begins by discussing how to create iconic and memorable characters, creating a legitimate reality, framing characters by values the audience should judge them by, empathy and story.
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Vehicle Texturing in Substance Painter

From Clean to Mean with James Schauf

In this workshop, James Schauf walks you through two different projects, each telling their own story. The first is Night Fire; a clean hot rod with slight imperfections. In this project, James demonstrates the creation of key materials and shares his workflow for adding just enough detail to create realistic believability.
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Creating a Female Hairstyle for Production with Maya XGen

with Bruno Tornisielo

For those looking to create realistic hair for cg characters in Maya, this title provides an in-depth look at production techniques and workflow.
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Creating a Dynamic VFX Shot

with Shahin Badiei

In this workshop, Lead CG Artist and Compositor Shahin Badiei takes us through the journey of a visual effects shot from its inception to completion. Shahin begins by demonstrating Davinci Resolve’s editorial and color tools and then uses The Foundry Nuke as the foundation for building the shot toward the final composite
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Interview with Jerad S Marantz

by Courtney Trowbridge

In this interview, we discuss his very grounded creative process for designing the seriously awesome superheroes and monsters we see on screen today, keeping up with the ever-evolving needs of the film and game industries, and how having traditional skills in your arsenal will always benefit digital artists.
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VFX Animation for Television

with Elaina Scott

In this tutorial, Animation Supervisor Elaina Scott shares her creature animation workflow for television visual effects. She begins by animating a flight cycle with the Dragon rig fromTruong CG Artist, as well as discussing the mechanics of flight.
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Designing Sci-Fi Military Robotics

with Aaron Beck

n this demonstration, designer Aaron Beck shares his workflow for visualizing a sci-fi military robot. Beginning with rough sketches and a discussion on the ideas behind them, Aaron then begins work on a final illustration in Photoshop.
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Interview with Maciej Kuciara

by Genese Davis

Designer and artist, Maciej Kuciara, possesses unique talent in various genres and has produced critically acclaimed work on titles such as The Last of Us and Captain America. In this interview, Kuciara divulges the methods he’s perfected when switching between genres...
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Dynamic Animal Sculpting

with Krystal Sae Eua

In this course, Krystal Sae Eua shares her process for creating a digital animal sculpture from start to finish. Working in ZBrush, Krystal demonstrates how she approaches animal anatomy, pose and composition.
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Character Design and Sculpting for Concept

with Josh Herman

In this class, Character Art Director Josh Herman covers his 3D character design and modeling process from an intial concept to a final rendered illustration. Beginning with an exploration in ZBrush and Photoshop as Josh develops the concept, he quickly explores ideas that allow him to arrive at a design direction.
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Creative Creature Design

with Neville Page

In this workshop, Neville Page shares his creative development process, starting with a script and ending with a resolved design and presentation. Neville discusses philosophies regarding creature design and techniques that allow for new ways of seeing.
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Creating Assets for Games Using Photogrammetry

with Guilherme Rambelli

In this workshop, Guilherme Rambelli demonstrates, step-by-step, the latest techniques for creating high quality assets for games using photogrammetry.
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Interview with Syd Mead

by Genese Davis

Legendary designer, concept artist, and visionary, Syd Mead, has produced ground-breaking and critically acclaimed work within various industries including film, architecture, and illustration. In this interview, Mead divulges not only the highlights of his most recent exhibitions, but also, a look into a unique augmented reality app and how it may affect the way we view and study art.
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Narrative Design through Compositional Storytelling

with James Clyne

Using techniques that are applied in the professional field of feature film, James will walk you through both tricks of the trade and standard work flows including translating 3d geo into Photoshop, kit-bashing, camera positioning, art direction, and paint techniques.
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BFA Degree in Digital Production

Gnomon’s New Four-Year Degree Program

The full-time BFA in Digital Production is designed to produce production-ready artists versed in general academic knowledge, foundational arts, and production skills. The curriculum is taught in Hollywood and covers all aspects of a 3D generalist skill set.
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Environment Design and Illustration

with Aaron Limonick

In this title, concept artist Aaron Limonick demonstrates the critical importance of a complete design process when approaching environment design and illustration. From traditional ideation sketching and exploration, students will learn how to bring personality and a feeling of depth and history to their designs.
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Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation

Gnomon helps students reach their goals in digital production through a variety of educational options, including a full-time BFA degree, full-time vocational programs, and over 100 individual courses – all taught at the heart of the entertainment industry
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July 18 2d
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2D Contest: Floating Monument

Winner: Tiantian

  • Aug 2018 Rock Climbing Robot

  • July 2018 Floating Monument

  • July 2018 Firework Rocket Launcher

  • June 2018 Stylized Toy Battleship

  • June 2018 Robot Boredom

  • May 2018 A Daring Rescue

  • May 2018 Cosplay Emergency Kit

  • April 2018 Steampunk Style Bulletproof Vest

  • April 2018 The Devil’s Throne

  • March 2018 Mercenary Futuristic Submarine

  • March 2018 Mercenary Space Ninja

  • February 2018 Alien Skull

  • February 2018 Possessed Carnival Rides

  • January 2018 Modern Medieval Drawbridge

  • January 2018 Battle of the Old Versus the New Year

  • December 2017 Insect Spy Drone


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  • Gnomon has created a series of tutorials that will appeal to anyone interested in a career path in visual arts. The availability of these lessons represents a significant opportunity for artists everywhere to elevate their skillsets to the next level.

    Jim McCampbellDepartment Head, Computer Animation Ringling School of Art & Design
  • Gnomon tutorials are a staple in our libraries at Disney Feature Animation. Artist training is very important at Disney, and has been since the days of Walt. We rely on the tutorials to supplement our classes and to provide a more personalized schedule for the production artist seeking to broaden their skill sets.

    Patricia BeckmannManager of Artistic & Professional Dev, Disney Feature Animation
  • I'd like thank you guys for all the hard work you've done over the years. I didn't have money for college so I spent what money I could come up with on your video series. Because of your excellent training tutorials, I was able to create a reel that got me a job where I am today and I am eternally thankful.

    Matt SkonickiCinematics Character Artist, Midway Games
  • Their professors – and founders – are people who truly inspire. They don't just teach the 'how to' – they give you context, understanding and expectations of 'how to on the job'. Theirs is a practical approach to actually working in film, video and gaming. It's that amazing ideal, where art and making a living peacefully co-exist. You can certainly become a successful working artist without Gnomon, but with their pedigree, placement stats, culture and track record, why take that chance?

    JJ AbramsCEO, Bad Robot Productions, Director Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Super 8
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