Creating Terrains with Satellite Data Volume 1 and 2

with Alex Alvarez

In this two-part DVD series, Alex shares his various techniques for modeling, sculpting, texturing, lighting and rendering.
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Concept Design Workflow Volume 1 and 2

with Aaron Limonick

Aaron explains the full design process from a fast color key sketch, to a 3D render and final illustration ready for production.
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3D Character Design: Sculpt, Model, Render

with Josh Herman

For those interested in the art of character design and character modeling, this titles offers an opportunity to watch how 3D tools can be used…
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3D Creature Design: Alien Rock Grubber

with Jerad S. Marantz

Jerad shares his years of experience in this thorough lecture and demostration on Creature Design, Sculpting and Painting in ZBrush, Keyshot and Photoshop
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Design Techniques for 3D Concept Art

with Gavriil Klimov

In this DVD, Gavriil Klimov guides us through his pipeline and workflow to create sci-fi 3D concept design using 3ds Max, Keyshot and Photoshop.
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Matte Painting Techniques for Concept Design

with Francesco Corvino

For artists interested in developing their environment skills for concept design or matte painting, Francesco's demonstration is full of inspiring tips and techniques...
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Advanced 3D Matte Painting Techniques

with Garrett Fry

Techniques for developing an efficient Matte Painting workflow, incorporating photogrammetry into a Matte Painted environment and creating multiple projection setups in Nuke, Mari and Maya.
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The Making of Totem

with Alex Alvarez

Artists who have seen Alex's DVD series on natural environments will greatly benefit from this detailed overview of his creative and technical process.
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Interview with Josh Nizzi

The Gnomon Workshop had the pleasure of producing a DVD with Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen artist Josh Nizzi. […]

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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 DVDs (winners get to choose of course)!

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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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