Creature Design - Digital to Practical

How to design characters - The "digital to practical" approach to monster design

Description

In this special effects character creation tutorial by master monster maker, Casey Love, you'll learn how to design a creature character using a "digital to practical" approach.

This lesson by one of Hollywood's top Creature FX artists is an absolute must for aspiring monster makers & established professionals alike.

WEBCOURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photoshop™ monster design - improvisation & speed
  • "Maquette" sculpture - how to design a character in clay
  • Bending Super Sculpey™ to your will
  • Achieving professional quality results in a short time frame

 

Approximate Runtime is: 04:18:45

This DVD is a 2-Disc Set

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  1. Title - 00:00:00
  2. Introduction - 00:00:16
  3. Design - The Beginning - 00:00:56
  4. Flow vs Opacity - 00:24:04
  5. Establishing a 3D Space - 00:26:15
  6. Features -- The Nose - 00:28:26
  7. The Development Stage - 00:30:02
  8. Temperament - 00:34:05
  9. The Character Emerges - 00:38:48
  10. Working Fast & Keeping It Fresh - 00:40:04
  11. Trouble Spots - 00:44:22
  12. Punching Up Character Design - 00:47:06
  13. Inspiration - 00:52:04
  14. Color Picking - Dodge, Burn & Smudge - 00:53:53
  15. Keep It Simple - 01:00:36
  16. Tweaking - 01:05:02
  17. Surface Detailing - 01:07:37
  18. Back to Favorite Artists - 01:14:32
  19. Pay Attention to the Real World - 01:17:22
  20. Nature Informs Texture - 01:21:55
  21. Calling It Done - 01:24:04
  22. Last Looks - 01:27:04
  23. Final Adjustments - Scale & Transform - 01:30:09
  24. Finishing & Cleaning Up - 01:33:54
  25. Sculpting - An Introduction - Materials - 01:39:38
  26. Building a Simple Armature - 01:43:08
  27. Prepping the Sculpey - 01:49:16
  28. Roughing the Basic Shapes - 01:54:04
  29. The Super Sculpey Base Layer - 02:05:41
  30. Anatomy & Reference - 02:07:42
  31. Inspirations & Favorite Monsters - 02:11:35
  32. Defining Forms & Proportions - 02:14:32
  33. Finding Shapes & Working In the Round - 02:18:47
  34. Super Sculpey - Pros & Cons - 02:22:13
  35. Roughing In Facial Features - 02:24:41
  36. Posing the Creature Sculpture - 02:32:16
  37. Adding the Translucent Sculpey Surface Layer - 02:33:28
  38. Covering the Head - 02:41:15
  39. Secondary Forms - 02:42:56
  40. Detail Beyond the Sketch - 02:49:05
  41. Adjusting the Profile - 02:50:39
  42. Smoothing - 02:51:27
  43. Checking Symmetry - 02:54:36
  44. Refining Muscle Shapes & Skull Structure - 02:58:33
  45. Blending & Refining the Clay Surface - 03:14:30
  46. Subtle Forms - 03:20:10
  47. Setting the Eyes - 03:21:30
  48. Smoothing Forms, Broad Details & Happy Accidents - 03:25:26
  49. Smoothing the Clay Surface With Alcohol - 03:31:51
  50. Adding Detail - Creating a Texture Pattern - 03:39:07
  51. Adding Detail, Wrinkles & Texture - 03:52:12
  52. Adding Detail - Transitioning Textures - 03:55:39
  53. Veins - 03:58:35
  54. Fine Detail - 04:06:44
  55. Final Layer of Fine Texture - 04:11:50
  56. Wrap Up - 04:17:59

Materials

CLICK on the links below to find the materials you need for this lesson. 

 

Some items might be harder to find, but a little internet scouring usually finds you everything you'll need.

 

Burman Industries

Naimie's Beauty Center

Reynolds Advanced Materials

Smooth-On Inc.

 

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

  • Computer
  • Excellent Lighting
  • Lazy Susan
  • Pipe & Flange mounted to a board

 

CLAYS/PLASTERS

  • Super Sculpey - Beige
  • Super Sculpey III – Translucent

 

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

  • Small Paintbrush

 

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

  • 99% Alcohol

 

TOOLS

  • CRIMPING, PLIERS & GRIPPING TOOLS
    • Pliers w/cutters
  • SCULPTING TOOLS
    • Double Prong Tool (custom made)
    • Rake Tool (custom made)
    • Rubber Finger Thimble
    • Small Ball Tool
    • Small Kemper Loop Tool
    • Smaller Kemper Loop Tool
    • Thin Wood Tools
    • Tiny Loop Tools (custom made)

 

SOFTWARE

  • Photoshop

 

SUPPLIES

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Armature Wire
  • Small Glass Beads for Eyes

 

HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Reference Materials

Artist Information

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Casey Love

Master Monster Maker & Makeup Effects Designer

Casey Love first discovered the art of Make-up FX at age twenty four. His love for the art of mask making began in...

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