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Look Development and Lighting Techniques for Film

The Making of "The Ningyo"

VFX Artist and Director of “The Ningyo,” Miguel Ortega, breaks down the creation of two specific shots featured in the period fantasy film to share his Nuke, look development, lighting techniques, and the basic concepts he follows when creating a short movie.
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Creating Translucent Creature Skin

Painting Techniques with Gino Acevedo

Gino Acevedo, Creative Art Director at Weta Digital, shares his personal approach to “hand-painting” creature designs in Photoshop. Widely known in the industry for his special FX airbrushing techniques on blockbuster movie prosthetics and puppets, Gino reveals how he now uses traditional-inspired techniques similar to those used on silicone models to achieve the ultimate translucent skin for convincing creature designs.
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Unreal Engine Complete Material System Overview

Fundamental and Advanced Techniques with Charleston Silverman

During the course of more than three hours of lectures, Charleston covers a vast array of information and techniques, discussing everything from texture setup, import basics and the fundamentals of creating materials, to PBR workflows and creating material instances.
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Creating Keyframe Illustrations for Film

2D/3D Techniques & Workflow with Jama Jurabaev

In this 2.75-hour workshop, Concept Artist Jara Jurabaev — whose credits include Ready Player One, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Star Wars — shares the tools and processes he uses during his daily workflow when creating keyframe illustrations for films and games with a focus on the theory behind the practice.
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Lighting the CG Portrait

Character Lighting in VRay Next with Chris Barischoff

In this workshop, CG Supervisor Christopher Barischoff steps through what makes a photography studio styled lighting setup successful for characters and portraits. He covers classic photographic and cinematic lighting and expands on its implementation in 3D Graphics.
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Interview with Alessandro Cangelosi

by Genese Davis

In this interview, Alessandro Cangelosi describes his experience as a Lightning TD and a FX TD, new techniques and technologies to manage full CGI sets, and the highlights to working on massive environments, look-dev projects, movies, commercials and game trailers like Dead Rising, Rift, and Mobile Strike.
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The Art of Iconic Creature Design

Photobashing and ZBrush Workflows with Aaron Sims

Beginning with a 2D workflow in Photoshop, Aaron walks through his personal approach to visualizing a mutated character, using photo-bashing techniques that skillfully cut, splice, and warp multiple layers of human, creature, and organic elements to craft a completely unique design.
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Introduction to Maya 2019

Interface and Workflow with Eric Keller

Veteran visual effects artist and instructor, Eric Keller, takes Maya through the paces giving you in-depth descriptions of the interface and tools. Special emphasis is placed on modeling, texturing, lighting, and rendering while the demonstrations illustrate how the tools are best used in a professional workflow.
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Designing a Goddess of War

Step-by-Step Workflow with Andy Park

Learn from a master in this three-hour workshop by the Director of Visual Development at Marvel Studios, Andy Park. Sharing the wealth of his experience from a 20-plus-year career designing heroes and villains for movies, comics, and videogames, Andy breaks down his digital painting workflow for creating character concepts in Photoshop.

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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3D and 2D Techniques for 360 degree Panoramic Illustration

Re-Creating Great Moments in History with Nick Hiatt

In this 3.5-hour workshop, art director and matte painter Nick Hiatt introduces how DAZ 3D’s free models and asset libraries can be used to block out environments to quickly tell a story.
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interview with Christophe Desse

by Genese Davis

Lead technical artist, Christophe Desse, possesses state of the art talent and has produced critically acclaimed work on titles such as the Uncharted series and The Last of Us. In this interview, Desse divulges his insight to environment art, plus, rendering and texturing, and his approach to creating realistic art versus science fiction or the fantastical.
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Cinematic Illustration for Film

Photoshop Techniques with Francesco Corvino

Storytelling, mood, composition and, ultimately, the director’s vision are essential elements that successful concept artists and illustrators must learn to translate onto a canvas quickly and effectively. In this workshop, Art Director and Concept Artist, Francesco Corvino, reveals how to master a cinematic illustration within a typical workday.

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Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation

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Gnomon Workshop Image Challenge



Winner:Dave Wolf

  • Summer 2019 The Upside Down

  • Fall 2018 Chamber of Chain

  • August 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 Battle of te Old Vs The New Year


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    Jim McCampbellDepartment Head, Computer Animation Ringling School of Art & Design
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    Matt SkonickiCinematics Character Artist, Midway Games
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    JJ AbramsCEO, Bad Robot Productions, Director Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Super 8
  • Extensive learning courses in the Gnomon Workshop library are hands down the most crucial training solution to our studio. Also we have seen Gnomon's reputation being even greater overseas. At our recent Philippines studio, our employees are constantly learning from Gnomon's online programs. As an art service company, we always need to have a wide range of expertise and Gnomon has built a colossal library of creative knowledge which we can have access to 24/7. I truly appreciate Gnomon's vision to help anyone have access to better themselves and chase their dreams.

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    Andrew SchlusselDirector, Global Talent Development, Framestore
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    Matt WalkerProducer, Capcom Co., Ltd.
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