Make a Monster Suit - Part One: Creature Sculpting

Learn how to sculpt a full monster suit with Oscar nominated FX master Alec Gillis (Aliens, Tremors, Spider-Man).

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Learn the art of monster suit & animatronic character sculpting with Academy Award nominated special effects character creator, Alec Gillis.

In this nearly 5 Hour Sculpting Master Class, Alec shares a wealth of techniques for how to sculpt full monster suit character while also accommodating the facial animatronic mechanisms that will bring it to life.

Alec's creature character, dubbed Yellow Hands, is an original design of a desert-dwelling tribal alien, to be featured in an upcoming project produced by Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. and directed by Gillis.

Lesson highlights:

  • the character sculpture process: from block-out to detailing
  • how to sculpt an organic monster, alien or creature
  • pre-planning for the animatronic mechanisms that will go inside the final character

 

Approximate Runtime is: 04:46:12

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Roughing the Head - 00:02:12
  3. Working Out the Design to Perform With Mechanics - 00:08:16
  4. Placing the Animatronics Eyebar - 00:11:28
  5. Character Sculpture Check - Talk to the FX Mechanic - 00:15:05
  6. Character Design - 00:24:05
  7. Monster Suit Design Overview - Part 1 - 00:27:54
  8. Monster Suit Design Overview - Part 2 The Head Casting - 00:30:14
  9. Monster Suit Design Overview - Part 3 The Animatronic Eye Bar - 00:31:05
  10. A Review of the Sculpture - 00:37:33
  11. Finessing the Head Sculpt - 00:57:07
  12. Head Sculpture - The Lips - 01:00:38
  13. Head Sculpture - The Eyes - 01:03:50
  14. Head Sculpture - Symmetry - 01:07:42
  15. Head Sculpture - The Ears - 01:09:23
  16. Mouth Considerations - Art vs. Mechanics - 01:15:13
  17. Character Sculpture - Working All the Angles - 01:16:55
  18. Refining the Lips - 01:19:56
  19. Character Sculpture - Texturing Begins - 01:24:54
  20. Character Sculpture - Cleaning the Rake Lines - 01:27:15
  21. Character Sculpture - The Neck - 01:31:47
  22. A Brief Aside on Heating Clay - 01:33:20
  23. Back to Neck Sculpting - 01:34:35
  24. Smoothing Textures With Alcohol - 01:45:59
  25. Neck Blockout - Part 2 - 01:47:53
  26. Project Collaboration - 01:50:50
  27. Sculpting the Arm - Wed Clay Rough Out - 01:51:13
  28. Arm Sculpture - Adding Structural Forms - 01:56:42
  29. Arm Sculpture - Defining Muscles - 01:57:55
  30. Arm Sculpture - Refining Muscles - 01:59:56
  31. Hand Sculpture - Blocking Out the Fingers - 02:00:45
  32. Sculpting in Wed Clay - Pros & Cons - 02:09:51
  33. Arm Sculpture - Handoff Considerations - 02:12:41
  34. Arm Sculpture - Working the Silhouettes - 02:16:14
  35. Arm Sculpture - Checking Joint Placements - 02:21:42
  36. Arm Sculpture - Planing Angles in the Sculpt - 02:22:26
  37. Arm Sculpture - Finessing Gross Anatomy - 02:27:01
  38. Learning to Work Quickly - 02:33:46
  39. A Fresh Perspective - 02:35:25
  40. Refining the Shape of the Hand - 02:45:07
  41. Hand Sculpture - Adding Wrinkles - 02:48:29
  42. Drying Details in the Clay - 02:52:10
  43. Keeping the Base Damp - 02:53:22
  44. Hand Sculpture - Detailing - 02:53:46
  45. Arm Sculpture - Smoothing Rake Marks - 02:55:40
  46. Arm Sculpture - Accentuating Muscles - 02:56:11
  47. Arm Sculpture - Carving Wrinkles - 02:57:42
  48. Arm Sculpture - Smoothing & Burnishing Wrinkles - 02:59:55
  49. Arm Sculpture - Adding Fingerprint Texture - 03:01:39
  50. Sculpting the Body - Overview - 03:04:47
  51. WED Clay vs. Oil Clay - 03:06:06
  52. The Serrated Kidney Tool - 03:09:07
  53. Making Monsters on a Budget - 03:11:28
  54. Sculpting the Body - Roughing Out the Back - 03:12:45
  55. Sculpting the Body - Keeping the Head in Mind - 03:22:21
  56. Sculpting the Body - Building Shoulder & Arm Muscles - 03:25:02
  57. The Ideal Monster Suit Performers - 03:26:57
  58. Sculpting the Body - Back to the Shoulders - 03:29:15
  59. Sculpting the Body - Roughing in Pectoral Muscles - 03:30:49
  60. Sculpting the Body - Raking the Rough Forms - 03:33:45
  61. Sculpting the Body - Defining with the Loop Tool - 03:39:28
  62. Sculpting the Body - The Anatomy of Age - 03:41:37
  63. Sculpting the Body - Defining the Spine - 03:50:04
  64. Sculpting the Body - Wetting & Smoothing - 03:51:08
  65. Sculpting the Body - Stipple Sponge Texture - 03:52:29
  66. Sculpting the Body - Adding Wrinkles and Detail - 03:53:05
  67. Improvising Solutions - 03:53:58
  68. Supporting the New Clay Foot - 03:56:47
  69. Apply Vaseline to the Surface - 03:59:36
  70. Sculpting the Legs - Roughing Out - 04:00:20
  71. Sculpting the Legs - Refining Shapes - 04:04:10
  72. Sculpting the Legs - Finish Detail - 04:06:15
  73. Sculpting the Legs - The Final Touches - 04:11:16
  74. Revisiting the Arm Sculpture - 04:11:39
  75. Arm Sculpture - Accentuating the Wrinkles - 04:12:20
  76. Arm Sculpture - Matching the Leg Detail - 04:14:18
  77. Arm Sculpture - Final Texture - 04:15:50
  78. Caring For Your WED Clay Sculpture - 04:16:41
  79. Applying 'Cracked Mud' Texture - 04:17:46
  80. Applying a Coat of Valspar - 04:20:36
  81. 'Cracked Mud' Mixture - 04:25:17
  82. Testing the 'Cracked Mud' Texture - 04:26:55
  83. Applying the 'Cracked Mud' Texture - 04:28:34
  84. The Finished Sculpture - 04:30:47
  85. Sculpting Tools - 04:31:15

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Alec Gillis

Academy Award nominated FX Wizard | Co-Founder Amalgamated Dynamics

While attending UCLA film school, Animatronic and Special Effects Makeup Character Creator Alec Gillis worked at ...

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