The Gnomon Workshop

Sculpture 3

Sculpting the Detailed Character Head


This lecture introduces the student to sculpting the full-scale head with an emphasis on detail. Beginning with a 1/3 scale concept maquette, this title teaches how to scale up off of a design and build a full scale sculpture from scratch. Sculpting of the facial features is emphasized, with a focus on secondary & tertiary form, including step-by-step techniques used to create wrinkles, skin texture, pores, veins - all the essential components of sculpting realism. The lecture also addresses the important considerations when sculpting for digitization. Every phase of sculpting the head is demonstrated including armature construction, initial block-in, facial features, ears, horns and surface details.

Duration: 120 minutes

Format: SD 640x480

John Brown

Character / Creature Designer Sculptor

With over forty film and television credits, John Brown’s skills as a sculptor placed him in the top live-action special make-up FX houses in Hollywood. Credits include Alien Resurrection, Species 2, George of the Jungle, Jumanji, X-Files, Mars Attacks, Bless The Child, Monkeybone, The Cell, Spy Kids, Scary Movie 2, Planet of the Apes and a host of others. John is also a bronze figurative artist whose sculptures reside in private collections throughout the United States.

  • In this new set of lessons from one of America’s leading figurative sculpting tutors – John Browns approach on how to sculpt the planes of the human male head is carefully and methodically explained. John’s teachings deliver a pragmatic set of simple to understand lessons that help ground the sculptor in the critical importance of learning the fundamentals of this art. It is these fundamentals that our creative team here at Weta Workshop value as the underpinning of our sculpting process – whether we are sculpting a hyper realistic figure or a more fantastical alien creature. Johns insistence that, all good work must be underpinned by a thorough understanding of structure and form, is also the cornerstone of our creative process .

    - Richard Taylor
    Co-Owner and Creative Director Weta Workshop