Join Gnomon Chief Creative Officer Josh Herman and Gnomon Founder Alex Alvarez as they welcome Crystal Bretz for a brand new episode of Art Jam on Wednesday, March 24th. As a modeler and 3D generalist, Crystal has worked in several different fields of entertainment and is best known for her work on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Marvel's Black Panther, and Netflix's The Willoughbys.

During this livestream, Crystal will demo character sculpting as she works on some of her stylized female characters based on concept art. Be sure to stick around for the whole stream as Crystal, Josh and Alex answer viewer questions in real-time. Follow us on our social channels for more Art Jam guest artist announcements!

Watch the stream on the Gnomon Twitch Channel, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Live on Wednesday, March 17th at 2:00pm PST.

Events with closed captioning are available via Gnomon Facebook Page.


Gnomon's full-time programs and 10-week individual courses are designed to develop well-rounded artists that are skilled in the diverse disciplines within 3D production. For those outside of the US, virtual classroom-style online courses are also available.

Guest Speakers

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Crystal BretzSenior Modeler at Digital Domain

Crystal is currently working as a Senior Modeler at Digital Domain. She has a background as a generalist and has worked on many different types of media such as: TV episodic, short films, feature films, VR, and animated features. She is most well known for her work on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Marvel's Black Panther, and Netflix Original: The Willoughbys.

Crystal has been a judge for The Rookies awards for three consecutive years. She has published artwork and tutorials in 3d artist magazine, Gnomon Workshop and with Artstation as well as had her name published in Cinefex among the many great VFX artists who contributed to Black Panther. Crystal not only has a strong passion for 3D characters but also for helping and mentoring others. She writes blogs, shares advice on her online platforms, and streams live on Twitch to teach and guide others towards success in the VFX industry.

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Alex AlvarezGnomon Founder and President

Alex is the Founder and President of Gnomon. After attending the Art Center College of Design and the University of Pennsylvania, Alex worked as an Applications Engineer for Alias|Wavefront, the creators of Maya. The mid 90's marked a paradigm shift as computer graphics burst on the scene and forever changed how visual effects and video games would be created. While working onsite at scores of studios around southern California, Alex was in the midst of a rapidly growing demand for a new breed of artist.

In 1997 Alex founded Gnomon, a vocational art school that would find itself at the crossroads of art and technology. In the years that followed to today, Alex has guided Gnomon's evolution through his passion for the entertainment industry and collaboration with the professional community.

An accomplished artist and teacher, Alex has taught thousands of students on campus, online and at events around the world. He has been published and interviewed by industry magazines, websites, podcasts and books, as an authority on vocational education, creature development and environment art. His credits include Star Trek, Prometheus, Super 8, Green Lantern and Avatar.

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Josh HermanGnomon Chief Creative Officer

Josh comes to Gnomon with a decade of experience in film, television, and games. As an alumnus of Gnomon’s Certificate in Digital Production Program he has worked as a Creative Director, Art Director, and Character Designer for prestigious studios such as Marvel Studios, Naughty Dog, Legacy Effects and Cloud Imperium Games. Josh loves to “pay it forward” by teaching classes and workshops where he can help continue the education of others so they can find their passions like he did, at Gnomon. Josh is a graduate of Westwood College and has a Bachelor of Science in Animation.

Josh continues to work on personal projects exploring ideas for films, graphic novels, and tabletop games. Some of his professional projects include The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception, and Star Citizen.

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