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Character Concept Design With Johnny Fraser-Allen

The Gnomon Workshop is pleased to announce the release of "Character Concept Design" with Johnny Fraser-Allen.


In this lecture and demonstration, Johnny Fraser-Allen shares his techniques for designing a character based on a client or director's brief. To make the brief interesting and relevant, Johnny works with special effects industry leader and multi Oscar winner Sir Richard Taylor of the Weta Workshop to develop a character that can be developed into a real costume for a burlesque styled charity fundraiser that Weta hosts for the Neonatal Trust.

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Efficient Cinematic Lighting 2: Lighting for Animation

The Gnomon Workshop is pleased to announce the release of "Efficient Cinematic Lighting 2: Lighting for Animation" with Jeremy Vickery.


In this lecture, Jeremy Vickery continues on the foundation of his first lesson 'Efficient Cinematic Lighting'. Leaving the basics behind, Jeremy delves into lighting for animation. He shares his methods for lighting a one minute short film with two characters and 17 shots that culminates into a beautiful short film.

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Introduction to World Machine with Dax Pandhi

The Gnomon Workshop is pleased to announce the release of "Introduction to World Machine" with Dax Pandhi.


In this lecture, Dax introduces the fundamentals of procedural terrain generation using World Machine. Dax delves into the essential building blocks of digital terrains and demystifies the seeming complexity of function graphs. The lecture develops through a series of increasingly sophisticated terrain development techniques that utilize procedural noise generators, and collapse the geometric shapes with Stochastic erosion, thermal weathering, coastal erosion, and snow fall. Examples include a dry mountain range, volcano, snowcapped peak, and a coastal cliff. 

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Sculpting a Dragon with ZBrush With Maarten Verhoeven

The Gnomon Workshop is pleased to announce the release of "Sculpting a Dragon with ZBrush" with Maarten Verhoeven.


In this lecture, Maarten Verhoeven demonstrates how to create a highly detailed dragon in ZBrush. The entire process is thoroughly discussed from the initial block-in to final rendering. Beginning with ZSpheres, Maarten blocks out the major forms of the creature’s primary shapes including additional subtools for elements like horns, teeth, claws and wings. Then with the overall shapes in place, he retopologizes the dragon in preparation of sculpting the finer details. Various techniques are shared that accelerate the process of sculpting these details through the use of stencils and alphas. A detailed rock base is then created and the creature is put into its final pose using Transpose Master. In conclusion, Maarten sends the dragon to Keyshot for the final rendering of his finished digital sculpt. Artists of any level, interested in learning from a master ZBrush sculptor, will learn myriad techniques both in technical workflows and informed design strategies.

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Environment Modeling and Sculpting for Game Production

The Gnomon Workshop is pleased to announce the release of "Environment Modeling and Sculpting for Game Production" with Nate Stephens, lead environment artist at Sony Santa Monica Studios.

In this title, Nate will demonstrate how to model and sculpt assets to be assembled into a 3D environment. Starting with reference photography, Nate locks in on a concept for his environment before blocking in his scene layout in Maya and building reference objects that will be further refined and detailed in ZBrush. He then imports the various assets into ZBrush for detail sculpting using GoZ where he Polygroups the different pieces and defines the crease levels of the different parts of the model. Next, Nate begins roughing in his sculpt using Dynamesh in ZBrush.

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Introduction to Maya Fluid Effects Vol.3 - Advanced Cloud Simulation with Wayne Hollingsworth


In this lecture, Wayne Hollingsworth demonstrates how to create dynamic storm cloud simulations in Maya through the creation of a production quality animated sequence. Wayne thoroughly addresses the various technical challenges, and solutions, as a space cruiser passes through storm clouds that must realistically react to its shape while being illuminated by lightning strikes. Reference is evaluated is order to ensure believable results as the lesson goes in-depth on how to effectively control fluid simulations with custom velocities, fields, and particle simulations.