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Maya Viewport 2.0 and Shader FX

with Eric Keller

Eric explores the new features and functionality of Maya's Viewport 2.0 including Shader FX, DirectX 11 materials, ambient occlusion, reflections, translucency, displacements and more.
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Final Gather in Maya & mental ray

with Frederic Durand

For those interested in mastering mental ray, this title offers invaluable techniques from an experienced industry artist.
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Photo Collage Prototyping

with Ryan Hawkins

Whether you need to quickly produce concept art or add finishing touches to a 3D illustration, this demonstration provides invaluable tips and tricks.
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Environment Design for Film

with Maciej Kuciara

For artists interested in learning how 2D and 3D have come to co-exist in the field concept design, this demonstration offers a valuable resource executed…
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Creating Believable 3D Environments

with Seth Thompson

Seth shares his industry proven techniques that will help develop your environment creation workflow including design, composition, modeling, sculpting, texturing, lighting and rendering.
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Performance & Acting: Creating Believable Characters

with In-Ah Roediger

This title will help you refine your skills as In-Ah shares her techniques for creating reference, shot planning, blocking, polish and lip-sync.
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Meet the Artist

Interview with Chris Kirshbaum

Chris Kirshbaum is an alumnus of CalArts Character Animation, and has a BA in fine arts (drawing) from Arizona State […]

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community forum image challenge

2D Contest: Isolation

Winner: dkylevfx

3D Contest: Reptile

Winner: fatalerroragain

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Enter the Contest and Win DVDs!

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 DVDs (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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