Watch Gnomon’s masterclass on creating a fantasy creature
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Check out Gnomon's master class on creating a fantasy creature

Monday, August 10, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker

The Gnomon Workshop has released Creating a Fantasy Creature, a complete guide on how to take a CG creature from sketch to final rendering, captured by Avengers and Guardians by Galaxy artist Babak Bina.

The workshop includes time-lapse footage of the entire process and demonstrates industry-standard workflows for creating 3D creatures.

A complete guide to sculpting, texturing, shading, lighting, and rendering CG creatures
During a five-hour video training session, Bina translates a concept sketch based on a macro photo of a silkworm into a fully realized CG creature.

He starts with roughing the 3D model in ZBrush and makes all further design decisions within the digital sculpting software: a process that was discussed during the workshop.

Bina also reveals its favorite ZBrush tools for splitting models and streamlining the workflow, and explores how to draw the model using the software's Polypaint system.

The resulting rough texture maps are exported to the special 3D painting software Mari for further refinement. Bina also discusses the other cards required for shading work and how they are generated.

In the final section of the workshop, Bina imports the painted creature into Maya and sets up a lighting environment for it. It will discuss how lighting can improve the sculptural details of 3D models.

Bina also shares his shading network for the creature and a simple workflow for CG fur before he uses V-Ray to render the final images for Maya.

About the artist
Babak Bina has worked as a 3D generalist and character artist for VFX institutions such as DNEG, Method Studios and Scanline VFX. His credits include Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. 2.

He also mentors students at the Think Tank Training Center in Vancouver and recently co-directed the multi-award-winning short film The Seahorse Trainer.

Prices and availability
Creating a Fantasy Creature is available through an online subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, which gives you access to over 300 tutorials. Subscriptions are $ 49 / month or $ 490 / year. Free trials are available.

For more information on creating a fantasy creature, visit The Gnomon Workshop website

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