|Lizard Character created by Max Brazier-Jones|
The most recent four week class was taught Michael Davies, the artist who rigged Smaug for The Hobbit) and also rigged The Minions.
Michael's students created some amazing work - feast your eyes on the beautiful characters below.
|Max Brazier Jones|
Michael taught our very first character creation course this past summer, with stellar results.
Character Creation formed a part of our new Summer School, and was an intensive 4 week course taking students from zero to hero. Character creation is all about designing, modeling, rigging and animating your own characters.
The Character Creation course was led by industry veteran Mike Davies. Mike's credits are impressive: he rigged Smaug (for The Hobbit) and also The Minions for the Illumination-McGuff studio.
Michael Davies is a 3D generalist who has worked on VFX blockbusters such as Batman vs Superman, Doctor Strange and Thor Ragnarok. Michael's main areas of expertise are rigging and modelling, but he has also worked as a generalist and supervisor.
Michael has been developing future creative talent by sharing his skills since 2014 and is also an Accredited Trainer for Maya at Autodesk.
|Warrior by Sara Sanchez|
Character Creation Skillset
Students learned all the basic skills needed to create their own characters from scratch, including concept art (such as the design by Max Brazier Jones on the right), modeling, rigging, texturing and animation.
The Escape Studios' Character Creation course is all about how characters and creatures get put together.
|Head Sculpt by Sara Sanchez|
Students on our character Creation Courses learn the following skills:
Using Anatomy to aid Design
Intro to Maya - User Interface, Introduction to Modelling including using orthodox graphic views
Intro to Zbrush - User Interface, Sculpting Tools, Maya to Zbrush Pipeline
|Concept Art by Francesco Leoni|
Retopology and Edge Flow theory
UV Coordinated for texturing
Create maps in Zbrush: Displacement, Normals, Bump and Cavity etc.
Map Manipulation in Photoshop
Importing maps to Maya
Painting Textures and Shaders using Substance Painter
|Creature by Tom Barton|
Character Rigging in Maya
Import blend shapes with Maya
Import a sound track and animate the character speaking
Character Presentation - Rendering Turntable Animations and other Character specifc Animations ready for a showreel
To sign up, follow this link.
Character Creation Evening Class
Escape Studios also runs an
|Creature by Tom Barton|
Tutor - Jonathan McFall
The Chartacter Creation Evening Class is taught by Jonathan McFall, veteran of the Harry Potter series, Men in Black 3, and Immortals.
You can see Jonathan's IMDB page here, and also see his personal website here, along with samples of his excellent work.
The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt, now recruiting for September 2020, follow this link. To apply, visit the offical page here.