Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 Posted by Jim Thacker

Master the art of Dynamic Animal Sculpting

The Gnomon Workshop has released Dynamic Animal Sculpting, a detailed guide to creature sculpting by Blur Studio senior character artist and former VES Award nominee Krystal Sae Eua.

As well as demonstrating key techniques in ZBrush and a range of supporting software, the new tutorial provides an opportunity to learn animal anatomy from one of the industry’s leading artists.

A masterclass in animal anatomy and creature sculpting in ZBrush
Over the course of four and a half hours of video training, Krystal reveals her own personal workflow for creating a digital sculpture of an animal – in this case, a spotted hyena – in ZBrush, Maya and KeyShot.

Working in ZBrush, Krystal reveals her techniques for blocking out a model, and adding secondary and tertiary details, including her approach to sculpting fur and using ZBrush’s Polypaint toolset.

She then takes the model into Maya to set up simple UVs, then Keyshot for final rendering.

During the tutorial, Krystal also discusses her approach to artistic fundamentals like animal anatomy, creating a dynamic pose for the sculpt, and choosing a compelling composition for the final render.

About the artist
A 2016 VES Award nominee, Krystal Sae Eua is one of the world’s leading creature artists. She is currently senior character artist at Blur Studio, having previously been modeling and texturing lead at The Mill.

She has worked on a range of movies, commmercials, game cinematics and theme park experiences, including Avatar, The Avengers, 2012, Fast and Furious 6, and the Call of Duty: Ghosts cinematic trailer.

Pricing and availability
Dynamic Animal Sculpting is available via an online subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, giving you access to over 300 detailed tutorials. Subscriptions cost $49/month or $490/year.

Read more about Dynamic Animal Sculpting on The Gnomon Workshop’s website

Full disclosure: CG Channel is owned by Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation.