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Creative Character Design Techniques with Neville Page

Fostering Happy Accidents

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In this DVD, Neville offers alternative approaches to developing ideas, specifically for character concept development. There are times you want to approach a project with great specificity and then other times you want to put aside presumption and allow for “it” to happen to you. This DVD explores a few approaches to fostering “happy accidents” and ways to efficiently “see” quickly. Neville begins in Photoshop®, very quickly sketching random shapes and areas of value to "find" an image within. After discovering an intriguing image, he takes it to near completion, revealing the importance of staying open to new ideas as he develops a creature. From there he explores the same ideas for head and creature development using ZBrush's mirroring tool. Finally, he finishes with a sculpted ZBrush "sketch" showing ways to keep creativity alive while working in 3D. Instructor for this title: Neville Page

  • Looking at and Understanding Research
  • Loose Scribbles Without Much Direction
  • Allowing the Pen to Direct You
  • Seeing with a Long Leash
  • Working in Silhouette where Proportion is King
  • Quick Rendering on the Silhouettes to Describe Form
  • Mirror Sketching in ZBrush
  • Finding the Design (Sneaking Up on It)
  • Making a Symmetrical Sketch Look Asymmetric with Lighting
  • Applying Bio Graphics
  • Sketching in 3D within ZBrush
  • Adding Features/Topology along the Way
  • Applying “Happy Accidents” to Create a Face
  1. The Importance of Research and Anatomy - Acquiring and Understanding
  2. Who’s in Control - Loose Scribbles
  3. Silhouette Design - Searching and Filling in the Black Space
  4. Symmetry Sketching - Working in “Mirror” Mode
  5. Sketching in ZBrush - Manifesting Happy Accidents
  • Product Code: NPA06
  • ISBN: 1-59762-812-3
  • UPC: 805366017521
  • Duration: 160 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

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


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  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

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  • Software Used:

  • Adobe

  • Pixologic

Neville Page

Concept Designer

Neville Page was educated at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Although his major was product design, he has always gravitated towards entertainment. With the combination of his education and personal interests, Neville has found himself involved with quite a variety of projects from creature design and sculpture to conceptual design and engineering. His clients have included Universal Studios, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Mattel and BMW to name just a few. He has worked on such feature films as Minority Report, Planet of the Apes, X-Men 2 & 3, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Superman Returns, James Cameron's Avatar, J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield, Zack Snyder's The Watchmen, Louis Leterrier's The Hulk, and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Neville has also taught at the Art Center College of design (Pasadena and Switzerland), Otis College, Gnomon and corporate workshops.

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"If a brand new form of life was discovered on Earth, and only one artist could illuminate the masses, it would be Neville Page."

- Rick O'Brien
The Monument Project

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