Prepare yourself for an exciting take on anatomy unlike anything you’ve seen before! Gnomon proudly presents Anatomy Lab: The Art and Design of Quadrupeds on Saturday, August 11th. Starting at noon (PDT), we’ll be exploring canine anatomy from the inside out, so come sharpen your observational skills and learn how to apply scientific principles to any creative project. Our outstanding panelists include an award-winning taxidermist, a professional animal handler, and world-renowned professional artists who will cover disciplines such as life drawing, sculpting, and traditional animation.

Sessions include a live animal sketching demonstration and workshop, discussions on animal anatomy in relation to taxidermy and 3D printing; tips and tricks for animating animal gaits; and an in-depth look at canine limb anatomy, concluding with a live sculpting demo incorporating it into an artistic workflow. Bring a sketchbook and an inquisitive mind and get ready for an unforgettable afternoon!

Seating is limited. Be sure to RSVP and arrive in good time to secure a place in line. Attendee check-in will open at 11:00 AM; a valid Eventbrite RSVP will be required to get an event wristband.

For those unable to attend, we’ve got you: we’ll be streaming the live demos on Gnomon's official Twitch channel from 12 PM PT.


12:00 – 12:45: Andrea Adams & Mollie Hogan: Live Sketching ft. Four-Legged Friends
12:45 – 2:00: Allis Markham & Kapow! 3D: Combining 400-Year Old Techniques with Digital Sculpting & 3D Printing
2:00 – 2:30: Intermission Plus Meet & Sketch Mollie’s Live Animals
2:30 – 3:00: Stephen Cunnane: A Safari of Approaches to Studying Creatures for Animators & Designers
3:00 – 4:30: Krystal Sae Eua: The Art of Sculpting Anatomy in ZBrush – Canine Limbs

Gnomon offers courses in everything from Zoological Drawing to Digital Sculpting. Browse Gnomon’s on-campus and online classes for in-depth training relevant to the demands of the industry.

Guest Speakers

Andrea AdamsGnomon Instructor

Andrea Adams boasts an extensive background in many different aspects of visual arts, from theatre set construction to corporate illustration. Her experiences in independent film and television include storyboarding, conceptual illustration, production design, and costume design. She is also an instructor at Gnomon in Hollywood where she teaches Character Development, Visual Structure, and Animal Drawing classes.

Mollie HoganExecutive Director at The Nature of Wildworks

After raising and training a wide variety of cats for the Los Angeles Zoo?s cat show ?Wild in the City,? in 1993, Mollie founded the Nature of Wildworks Wildlife Center in Topanga Canyon. The organization provides lifelong care for 50 non-releasable wild animals ? encompassing 17 different species ? that participate with staff and volunteers in programs for both children and adults.

Allis MarkhamTaxidermist

Allis Markham is an award-winning taxidermist based in Los Angeles, California. She was named 'Third in the World' at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships and is the 2018 California Champion receiving, Judges Choice Best of Show, People's Choice, and the Artisan Award from the United Taxidermist Association. Her clients include The Huntington Library, The Getty, Gucci, and television shows such as Bates Motel.

Nathan LooyengaOwner, Kapow! 3D

Nathan Looyenga started Kapow! 3D in 2015 after having worked in the engineering field. Kapow! 3D has helped many across the City of Los Angeles, from entrepreneurs and artists to major entertainment corporations, realize their creative visions in rapid prototyping. They believe 3D printing and the processes they employ to be revolutionary in helping makers and designers more beautifully realize their visions.

Stephen CunnaneCharacter Animator, Rhythm & Hues

Stephen Cunnane is a professional animator for Rhythm & Hues Studios and an alumni of Gnomon School of Visual Effects? Digital Production program, where he studied Character and Creature animation. Stephen is an award-winning filmmaker of multiple animated short films and his credits include Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Lost in Space.

Krystal Sae EuaLead Character/Creature Artist

Trained as a 3D generalist and a graduate of the Gnomon School?s High-End CG Certificate program, Krystal now focuses her talents on character/creature modeling and texturing at Blur Studios. With more than 10 years of VFX industry experience, she has contributed to blockbuster projects including Avatar, The Avengers, 2012, Fast and Furious 6, the Call of Duty: Ghosts cinematic trailer and the Game of War ad campaign.

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