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Robot Design with Josh Nizzi

Concept, Model and Paint

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In this DVD Josh Nizzi reveals his techniques for designing robots. He demonstrates his entire robotic design process, from sketching concepts in Photoshop® and creating a rough 3D model in 3ds Max®, to rendering the model in HyperShot™ and finishing the design in Photoshop®, Josh's approach is particularly valuable in a production setting because it enables the artist to deliver high quality concepts very quickly while simultaneously producing a proxy 3D model that could be used in pre-vis or as a starting point for a final model.

  • Sketching Concepts.
  • Developing a Rough 3D Model.
  • Posing and Rendering the Model.
  • Painting Over the Render.
  1. Roughs
  2. Modeling the Legs
  3. Modeling the Upper Body
  4. Posing the Model
  5. Modeling the Whips and Shield
  6. Rendering Part 1
  7. Rendering Part 2
  8. Painting Over in Photoshop Part 1
  9. Painting Over in Photoshop Part 2
  10. New Shield
  11. Finishing Up
  • Product Code: JNI01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-836-0
  • UPC: 805366017286
  • Duration: 256 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM

DVD-ROM Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

DVD-ROM and Digital Download Requirements:

Minimum Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2


  • QuickTime Movie Player (Version 7.0 or higher)
  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

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  • Software Used:

  • Autodesk
    3DS Max

  • Adobe

  • Bunkspeed

Josh Nizzi

Concept Designer

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Josh Nizzi was hired by Volition, Inc. to work on Red Faction 1, Red Faction 2 and The Punisher. Moving on to Day 1 Studios he worked on Mech Assault 2 and Fracture. Josh then became a freelance artist and has worked on feature films such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, G.I. Joe, Robot Taekwon V and Tarzan, as well as other projects for video games, comic books, toys and theme parks.

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"Michael Bay took one look at Josh Nizzi's Constructicon, put the design into production for Transformers 2, and hired Nizzi on the spot. If you want kick-ass robots, go to Josh Nizzi."

- Ben Procter
Feature Film Art Director/Concept Designer

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