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Octane Render for Maya

with Eric Keller

Each chapter in this lecture is devoted to a different aspect of the software. Using a variety of Maya scenes Eric demonstrates how to use…
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Anatomy Workshop Volume Six

with Charles Hu

In a continuation of his previous lectures on human anatomy, figure artist Charles Hu begins this lecture with a review of the primary skeletal structures…
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Creating a Sci-Fi Alleyway

with Devon Fay

Devon takes artists through his process of creating complex and believable CG environments. Through this project, he demonstrates how to get the full benefits of…
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Demystifying Substance Designer

with Christophe Desse

In this lecture, Christophe Desse demonstrates how he uses the powerful node based texturing system of Substance Designer to efficiently generate textures for his 3D…
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Figure Fundamentals Volume 3

with Van Arno

In this lecture, Van Arno focuses on head proportions and the basic building blocks of female head construction. Working from a live model, techniques are…
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Creating an Epic Matte Painting Shot

with Igor Staritsin

This thorough lecture and demonstration, by a leading industry artist, will aid artists of all levels interested in achieving professional results in their work.
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Interview with Cameron Davis

I recently had a chance to meet with character designer and self-proclaimed “idea boy” Cameron Davis at his mansion home […]

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community forum image challenge

2D Contest: Krampus

Winner: morganbw

3D Contest: Hybrid Creature

Winner: neranjan

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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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