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Efficient Cinematic Lighting 2

with Jeremy Vickery

In this lecture, Jeremy shares his approach for lighting a short film, with two characters and 17 shots, that culminates into a beautiful project.
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Introduction to Substance Painter

with Christophe Desse

Christophe Desse introduces us to the world of Substance Painter and the Redshift renderer, with a detailed introduction to the tools and features.
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Introduction to World Machine

with Dax Pandhi

Dax Pandhi introduces the fundamentals of procedural terrain generation using World Machine. We learn the essential building blocks of digital terrains and demystifies the seeming…
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Introduction to ZBrush 4R7

with Madeleine Scott-Spencer

This lecture provides the most comprehensive set of instructional videos ever created for ZBrush users, covering everything from the absolute basics, to more advanced sculpting…
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Sculpting a Dragon with ZBrush

with Maarten Verhoeven

In this lecture, Maarten demonstrates how to create a highly detailed dragon in ZBrush. The entire process is thoroughly discussed from the initial block-in to…
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Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray

with Frederic Durand

This lecture demonstrates a variety of techniques for indirect and direct lighting using Ambient Occlusion within Maya and mental ray
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Interview with Meghan Farrell

Meghan Paddock Farrell received a BFA in Photography from Rhode Island College. Her understanding of the color darkroom process as […]

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community forum image challenge

2D Contest: Shaman

Winner: Boyd

3D Contest: Tank

Winner: aallbbii

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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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