Gnomon releases Making Frankenstein’s Monster
The Gnomon Workshop has released Making Frankenstein’s Monster: a complete guide to sculpting, texturing and rendering a photorealistic creature, recorded by Treyarch senior character artist Peter Zoppi.
A complete creature creation project
Over five hours of video, Zoppi demonstrates his creature design process from end to end, roughing out and rigging the model in Maya and sculpting high-frequency detail and painting diffuse maps in Mudbox.
Zoppi then transfers the monster back to Maya, exploring mental ray skin shader set-ups, environment and lighting set-ups, and how to prepare for multi-pass rendering.
The final renders are then brought into Photoshop for final compositing, color correction and post-processing.
About the artist
Peter Zoppi is a senior character artist at Treyarch/Activision, where he has worked for the past eight years on titles including Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and the James Bond franchise.
Prior to working in games, he was a modeller and texture artist in the visual effects industry, having worked at Luma Pictures and Rhythm & Hues on such films as Night at the Museum and Underworld: Evolution.
Pricing and availability
Making Frankenstein’s Monster is available now on The Gnomon Workshop’s online store as a digital download, price $59.
Full disclosure: CG Channel is owned by the Gnomon School of Visual Effects.