Summer 2019 Term Featured Classes

Posted May 29th, 2019 by Gnomon — Category: 3D Modeling — 0 Comments

Want to brush up on your skills or learn something new? Then sign on up for one of our summer extension courses! Registration for Gnomon's Summer 2019 term starts May 30th at 10am PST, with classes starting July 8th. Check out our full course list today and sign up for our newsletter for an email reminder on when to register.

Digital Sculpting

Digital Sculpture, Student Artwork by Mido Lai
Digital Sculpting, Student Artwork by Mido Lai

Learn the technical basics of digital sculpting. This class focuses on sculpting with Pixologic's ZBrush, along with its role in digital sculpting, 3D art, 3D printing, and illustration. Students will learn the interface, tools, and workflows to proficiently create digital models and sculptures using ZBrush and Maya. Tools such as ZSpheres, Dynamesh, powerful sculpting brushes, and more are used to show students how to apply artistic processes to create high quality 3D sculptures with confidence. Production workflows such as importing, exporting, and map generation are also covered to ensure students utilize the work created in ZBrush in other applications.

Our Digital Sculpting classes will be taught by James Schauf, Louie Tucci, and Kyle Brown. James is currently a visual development artist and modeler with credits including Moana, Big Hero 6, the Kung Fu Panda series, and more. Louie works very closely with ZBrush as a brand manager at Pixologic, the software's parent company. And last, but not least, Kyle is currently a concept artist at The Aaron Sims Company, where he's designed creatures for some of your favorite sci-fi and fantasy blockbusters. James, Louie, and Kyle are all experienced instructors, industry professionals, and Gnomon alumni!

Introduction to Compositing

Introduction to Compositing, Student Artwork by Stefan Kang & Sinjin Treharne
Introduction to Compositing, Student Artwork by Stefan Kang & Sinjin Treharne

Through weekly lectures, in-class exercises, and homework assignments, students will learn the fundamental concepts of compositing inside of Adobe’s After Effects. Emphasis is placed on the user interface, compositions, keyframing, layers, footage, color keying, 3D layers, and a variety of tools utilized in compositing workflows. Classes include After Effects demonstrations and discussions of compositing methods, as well as project critiques and industry tips. Students will explore various styles of compositing through their assignments, working towards a final project for presentation.

Introduction to Compositing is taught by Don McCoy, an Emmy Award-winning visual effects artist with credits including Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Avatar, and more. Don is currently a VFX Supervisor at Silo FX.

Digital Painting

Digital Painting, Student Artwork by Akin Adekile
Digital Painting, Student Artwork by Akin Adekile

Translate traditional painting and drawing skills into the digital medium of painting in Adobe Photoshop. Fundamental concepts such as perspective, value, and color are reinforced as students gain experience with using painting tools in digital art production. Through lectures, demonstrations, and in-class exercises, students apply fundamental concepts of light, composition and material definition to their assignments and a final project.

Digital Painting courses will be taught by illustrator and art director Sing Ji and matte painter and concept artist Jason Dunn. As instructors, both Sing and Jason bring a wealth of industry experience to their classes—you can find their work in recently released and upcoming video games and amazing fantasy and sci-fi movies!

Life Drawing

Life Drawing, Artwork by Jason Bosson

Learn to draw the human figure utilizing both traditional and non-traditional principles and techniques. Styled after a foundation art school figure drawing course, the principles of form and gesture are applied to in-class live model sketching and homework figurative studies. Communicating gesture, creating accurate anatomy and proportion, and developing a body of figurative portfolio work are inherent to this course, supported by in-class demonstrations and lectures.

Our Life Drawing courses will be taught by Gnomon veterans and internationally exhibited artists April Connors and Van Arno.


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