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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Gnomon Workshop releases 5 new training DVDs


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+ This week The Gnomon Workshop releases a wide range of new titles to help you end 2008 on a very positive note. From "The Skinned Character Rig" to "Watercolor and Gouache Painting," these DVDs offer something for everyone. This group of DVDs ushers the return of instructors Aaron Sims, Wendy Froud and Carlo Sansonetti – each one building on previous lectures on character design, character sculpting and character rigging. This week we also introduce world class instructors Erik Tiemens and Richard Keyes. Erik, an award-winning movie concept artist, teaches his watercolor and gouache techniques for quickly capturing the essence of an idea or concept – techniques useful for fine artists and concept designers alike. Richard presents a must-have lecture on color, breaking down the concepts of color and demonstrating through historical and contemporary examples how artists have used color harmonies and contrasts to compose their images.
Color Theory: The Mechanics of Color
Beginning with some thoughts on how we define the concept of color, Richard explains various methods people in history have used to systemize color. These systems include the additive and subtractive color wheels, which are addressed as metaphorical maps of color. The basic vocabulary we use to describe color — hue, value and saturation — are explained through illustrative and graphic means.
Designing Creatures in Adobe Photoshop®
In this DVD, Aaron Sims shows how he uses Adobe Photoshop® to create and design characters and creatures. Aaron covers many of his techniques for designing character concepts and discusses the logic behind his methods. He shows you the entire process including sketching and drawing in Photoshop®, and manipulating, warping and blending photos to develop interesting features, backgrounds and textures. Aaron explains how to effectively design with tools like Warp, Liquify and different layer blend modes for quick results.
The Skinned Character RigSkinning and Deformations
In The Skinned
Character Rig, lead character rigger Carlo Sansonetti shows the skinning process from start to finish. The lecture begins with the concepts required to understand basic skinning, allowing the viewer to quickly start deforming their characters. It then progresses to detailed examples and explanations of advanced techniques. Carlo covers his favorite tools, smooth binding, deformation order, deformation correction, indirect skinning and deforming cloth.
Creating a Character Figure
In this two-disc DVD workshop, renowned artist Wendy Froud explains and demonstrates how to create a character figure of your own design. Wendy reveals her process in step-by-step detail, beginning with a discussion of how to use reference to inspire the look and feel of your designs. She sculpts three different
character heads, covering a variety of techniques for giving personality to your figure including facial expressions, wrinkles and lines.
Watercolor and Gouache Painting
The essence of an exciting idea can be captured successfully using a limited palette gouache and watercolor thumbnail technique. Artist and designer Erik Tiemens presents a compelling demo and covers multiple topics, including how to start visualizing thru multiple mini-sketches that take into account lighting, atmosphere, high-key and low-key plans, palette mixing, and brush control. Additional areas covered include paint consistency, working on toned paper, and zeroing in on your final direction. The lecture concludes with a detailed step-by-step demo for creating a finished small-format painting. Visit
www.thegnomonworkshop.com for more information about these titles.

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