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Creature Concepts

“The Fly” Re-Imagined with Eric Ryan

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Eric takes you through the entire design process of creating a character, from the conception of an idea and how to make it original, to the fully-realized, final color image. Starting with a series of clean thumbnail sketches, he shows how to create coherent designs while thoughtfully infusing story elements from the character's background. The topics addressed cover many aspects of character design, including digital painting techniques, color theory, storytelling, character hybridization and tips for portfolio preparation.

  • Character Design
  • Digital Painting
  • Color Theory
  • Story
  • Character Hybridization
  • Portfolio Preparation
  1. Introduction
  2. Initial Design and Thumbnails
  3. Value Study, Form and Function
  4. Value Refinement and Additional Details
  5. Color, Texture and Final Touches

  • Product Code: ERY01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-744-5
  • UPC: 805366018177
  • Duration: 175 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM, Digital Download, Online Subscription

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:

  • Adobe

Eric Ryan

Concept Artist

Eric Ryan is a concept artist with nine years of experience in the film, television and video game industries. He attended the University of Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, but made a career move and enrolled at the Art Institute of California. Two years later, Eric started working as a generalist for a small studio in Pasadena and has since worked for studios such as Sony Pictures Animation, Cinovation Studios and Sony Santa Monica, SCEA. Eric has been an instructor of Character Design at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and Red Engine Studios. His work can be seen in Men in Black 3, God of War: Ascension and various other game titles.

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"Eric Ryan is a master character designer in the entertainment industry.  His art is widely recognized and respected as top tier in the vizdev community.  Prepare your body.  It's time for him to give you a swift uppercut of knowledge that is chock full of cutting edge techniques and tried and true visual development philosophies."

- Izzy
Lead Concept Artist, Sony Santa Monica

"Eric has a great grasp of taking ideas and producing images that are both technically amazing as well as conceptually fresh.  He is a great concept artist that I have recommended on various occasions."

- Andy Park
Concept Artist/Illustrator

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