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Sculpting Anatomy: From Animal to Creature

A 10-week course using anatomy foundations and design principles to model animals and create creatures

Course Categories
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Zbrush, Maya, & Photoshop (or equivalent software)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Knowledge of ZBrush and digital sculpting strongly recommended; basic knowledge of Maya and ZBrush is required; basic knowledge of Photoshop strongly recommended; course pre-reqs include Anatomy for Production
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Zbrush, Maya, & Photoshop (or equivalent software)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Knowledge of ZBrush and digital sculpting strongly recommended; basic knowledge of Maya and ZBrush is required; basic knowledge of Photoshop strongly recommended; course pre-reqs include Anatomy for Production
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Zbrush, Maya, & Photoshop (or equivalent software)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Knowledge of ZBrush and digital sculpting strongly recommended; basic knowledge of Maya and ZBrush is required; basic knowledge of Photoshop strongly recommended; course pre-reqs include Anatomy for Production
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Introduction to Animal Anatomy: Understanding the Principle of Motion

Hierarchy of animal anatomy | Motion: skeleton, muscles, articulation, direction | Basic understanding of design: carnivore vs. herbivore | From design to study | Anatomy study and paint-over in Photoshop

Week 2 | Anatomy of the Skull: Understanding the Notion Behind Bones

Introduction to animal face anatomy | Description of the face | Skull sculpting

Week 3 | The Center of Everything: Understanding the Spinal Column and Rib Cage

Basic understanding of the body structure and connection | Deeper understanding of the anatomy of the spine | From the scapula to the fingers | Standing on the legs | Creating the base of our animal in ZBrush

Week 4| Pull to Motion: Understanding the Function of a Muscle

Understanding the role of a muscle | Description of the head anatomy | The spinal column muscles | ZBrush sculpting

Week 5 | From the Écorché to the Living Creature: the Fat and the Skin

Fat presence on the body | The skin’s appearance | The écorché in ZBrush | Understanding the anatomy of fur

Week 6 | Between Study and Art: the Motion in Action

Put motion into practice | The photographic look of an animal anatomy study | The clay material | Create a pose in ZBrush | Setting up our studio in 3D

Week 7 | From Study to Creation: How to Translate Anatomy From one Species to Another

Interpreting anatomy | Introduction to the dragon project | Creating the base in ZBrush

Week 8 | More Limbs: What Does it Take to Be a Dragon?

Dragon skeleton draw-over | Study from Avatar’s creatures | Building our dragon’s écorché in ZBrush | Adding the wings

Week 9 | The Beauty Behind the Details: How to Create High-Detailed Sculpts

Creating details in ZBrush | Using Photoshop to create details | Posing our dragons

Week 10 | From Study to Production: Putting a Model Into a Production Environment

Understanding production needs | Colorize your creature | From 3D to illustration

Sculpting Anatomy: From Animal to Creature
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Taking your skills to the next level

Tan Bi is a digital sculptor / 3D artist passionate about traditional art. Currently, he is working with the Industrial Light & Magic, Anatomytools, and teaching at the Academy of Art University. He has a deep understanding of both human and animal anatomy. In the past few years, he has focused on sculpting realistic characters and creatures for feature films and physical output.

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Annika Trautwein

It helped me gain a deeper understanding of anatomy, and taught me a workflow that is now very useful to me.

Michka Mouret

Best instructor ever!

Khaldoun Jreisat

Amazing, phenomenal instructor. This is the best CGMA fundamentals course, and I believe it is the single most important for 3D Character Artists.

Diego Rodriguez

Gael is a great teacher, he explained his workflow in great detail and provided even more information in the Q&A sessions. He also encouraged us to help each other, creating a great rapport between the students. I really enjoyed the course.

Jesse Pruitt

Gael was knowledgeable and passionate about anatomy, and conveyed that knowledge clearly at an appropriate level.

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