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Substance Designer, Texture Creation

with Rogelio Olguin

Rogelio Olguin will introduce the basics of texture creation with Substance Designer. He goes over his techniques and workflow for creating simple tools that combine…
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Scripting Fundamentals, Volume 1

with Mike Harris

The ultimate goal of this demonstration is to give the student a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding as to what the code is doing,…
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Introduction to Maya 2016

with Eric Keller

Whether you are new to using a 3D Computer Graphics package, are migrating from another 3D application or you are an experienced user who wants…
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Figure Fundamentals Volume 2

with Van Arno

This exercise develops volumetric vocabulary and the ability to draw accurately, and in perspective, without pose reference. This is a vital skill for production and…
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CityEngine in VFX

with Matthias Buehler

Matthias Buehler discusses the creation of procedural digital film sets. He focuses on a practical approach towards efficiently translating concept art into a procedurally generated…
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Illustration from Imagination

with Cameron Scott Davis

Starting with a loose concept based on the mythological aspects of the mermaid, Davis explores composition and directing the eye of the viewer.
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Interview with Manny Fragelus

Basically I’ve been working in the animation industry for just about 9 years now. Upon graduating college, a couple friends […]

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community forum image challenge

2D Contest: Alien Head Study

Winner: davewolf

3D Contest: Human Head Study


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Enter the Contest and Win!

Every month we create new 2D and 3D challenges. Winners receive up to 25 titles of their choice from the Gnomon Workshop library. Good luck! Contest Details

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About the Image Challenge

Online communities have proven to be an amazing resource for artists. The Gnomon Workshop has had the unique opportunity to inspire, motivate and train artists from all walks of life and all around the globe, and our forum is a great place for you to share your work with other artists who have a passion for learning and community.

Every month we create a new challenge based on specific themes. Our judges select four winners from the 2D Concept and 3D Concept categories (8 total), who will receive up to 25 Gnomon Workshop titles (winners get to choose of course)!

What criteria are used to pick the winner?

The winners are chosen based on our judges' personal criteria, however we often award prizes to artists whose CONCEPTS or IDEAS are excellent, regardless of technical execution. While first place awards tend to bias to a combination of concept AND technical merit, we often choose winners who show POTENTIAL. We love to see new artists emerge, and this is a good way to give artists exposure while rewarding them for their talents.


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