Last year, we saw another 12 months of fantastic learnings, insights, and tips from the incredibly talented artists at The Gnomon Workshop.
Below, we cover the top 22 most popular workshops from The Gnomon Workshop that students enjoyed throughout 2022, featuring everything from modeling to rigging, facial animation, coding, and a selection of powerful real-time workflow tutorials for Unreal Engine.
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Madeleine’s comprehensive introduction to Pixologic’s digital sculpting tool topped our list of workshops in 2020 and 2021 – and she’s done it again! Congrats, Maddie! The Gnomon Workshop artists keep flocking to Madeleine because she’s a total legend, of course, but also because she knows the ins and outs of ZBrush like no other. Right at the end of the year, Madeleine also released her Intro to ZBrush 2022, so be sure to check that out if you’re just getting started in the world of digital sculpting.
Instructor: Aaron Sims Software covered: Unreal Engine, Premiere Disciplines covered: Character Animation, Character Design, Cinematography, Compositing, Creature Animation, Digital Sets, Environment Design, Game Engines, Lighting & Rendering, Look Development, and Visual Effects Duration: 5 hours Proficiency level: Intermediate
THE EYE CLANTHEK is a sci-fi action thriller created entirely inside Unreal Engine 5 in six weeks by a small team of artists. In this workshop, director Aaron Sims explores the full spectrum of the short's UE5 workflow, from story development to world-building, mocap, editing, Lumen lighting, and real-time production techniques. With real-time promising to open up new possibilities in narrative, this workshop is a must for all hopeful effects-led filmmakers.
#3 Introduction to Maya 2020 – Interface and Workflow with Eric Keller
Instructor: Eric Keller Software covered: ZBrush, Arnold Disciplines covered: Character Animation, Character Rigging, Digital Sculpting, Effects Animation, HDR Images, Lighting and Rendering, Modelling, Painting, Texturing and Shading, UV Layout, and Visual Effects Duration: 16 hours Proficiency level: Beginner
Eric’s popular Maya overview appears on our top workshops list for the third year running. This isn’t surprising, given how thoroughly Eric put Maya 2020 through its paces over 16 hours of insight into modeling, rigging, animation, shading, lighting, rendering, and more. Eric recently refreshed these tutorials with his Maya 2023 series, which launched just at the end of 2022. A couple of the volumes managed to sneak onto the end of this list, so learn more by scrolling down!
Instructor: Nick Miller Software covered: Maya Disciplines covered: Character Rigging and Scripting Duration: 5 hours Proficiency level: Intermediate – Expert
Creative studios working today constantly seek out ways to increase efficiency and optimize production. DNEG’s Nick Miller reveals how you can help contribute to that process via Python-powered rigging automation. So if you’re looking to boost your CV and stand out from the competition, this workshop and the knowledge it imparts will be invaluable in helping you reach the next stage in your career.
Instructor: Phil Stoltz Software covered: Maya, Megascans, Substance Painter, Unreal Engine, ZBrush Disciplines covered: Environment Design, Game Engines, Lighting and Rendering, Look Development, Sculpting, and Texturing and Shading Duration: 4 hours Proficiency level: Intermediate
Unreal Engine can completely alter how you think about environment design, as environment artist Phil Stoltz reveals in this tutorial. Phil takes a medieval castle as an example and shows how you can streamline the process of conjuring up photorealistic, explorable environments in Unreal. You'll receive Phil's Maya and ZBrush files and his Unreal Engine scene file, meaning it's easy to follow along, intuitively understand the process, and then apply it to your next environment build!
Instructor: Wojtek Piwowarczyk Software covered: Houdini Disciplines covered: Effects Animation, Environment Design, Lighting and Rendering, Modeling, Texturing and Shading, and Visual Effects Duration: 8 hours Proficiency level: Intermediate
Another environment tutorial and (slightly more ancient!) castle from another highly experienced environment artist! Here, Wojtek Piwowarczyk reveals how artists can wield Houdini to generate environments procedurally via a non-destructive workflow, which allows for a much more free-form and exploratory environment creation process. This is a crucial workshop for artists looking to expand their understanding of procedural generation in Houdini.
Instructor: Taylor Whitsett Software covered: Maya Disciplines covered: Character Rigging Duration: 5 hours Proficiency level: Beginner–Intermediate
Great riggers aren’t just technically proficient but also team players who understand pipelines and workflow. With that in mind, Taylor Whitsett covers basic Maya rigging principles that can be used and combined to create complex character rigs that animators will enjoy working with rather than throwing them back for endless tweaks and changes! As such, this is an excellent workshop for those heading out on the long (but enriching!) journey to becoming a professional rigger.
Instructor: Hector Abraham Torres Software covered: Maya Disciplines covered: Character Animation and Character Rigging Duration: 4 hours Proficiency level: Intermediate – Expert
It’s easy to watch an animated film and enjoy the animations at face value (pun intended), but those in the know realize there is a world of work involved in every single frame of a character’s expressive performance. Hector’s extensive tutorial reveals how to build the rigs that underpin those emotive performances and empower animators to create memorable, entertaining, and relatable characters – without audiences noticing the mechanisms at play!
Instructor: Charleston Silverman Software covered: Unreal Engine Disciplines covered: Effects animation, Game Engines, Look Development, and Texturing and Shading Duration: 4 hours Proficiency level: Beginner – Intermediate
The preponderance of Unreal Engine workshops on this list reveals just how important the software has become to the creative industry. In this workshop, Charleston provides a complete overview of the software’s material system, covering various topics such as texture setup, shaders, and much more. Also, be sure to check out Charleston’s workshop on Unreal Engine 5 lighting fundamentals. (Which appears a couple of entries down!)
One for all the ailurophiles out there… and those passionate about advanced hair and fur grooms in Houdini! As a grooming artist at ILM, Kristin is a real pro in this regard, and her expertise shows in every one of the 19 chapters on offer here. Kirstin goes from creating a mesh from scratch right through to setting up grooms in Houdini’s rendering engine, Mantra. So, make your way through this workshop, and Kristin will equip you with a powerful workflow applicable to almost any grooming project.
An explosive tutorial from SPIN FX Senior FX Artist, Alasgar. Over 6 hours, Alasgar breaks down the Pyro Solver and reveals how to create a variety of FX sims, including dry ice and large-scale smoke simulations.
Instructor: Bill Buckley Software covered: Adobe Premiere, Maya, Unreal Engine Disciplines covered: Character Animation, Cinematography, Effects Animation, Game Engines, and Visual Effects Duration: 5 hours Proficiency level: Intermediate
And we sign off with yet another Unreal Engine tutorial! Harness the power of UE to create cinematics that will blow viewers away, via a flexible real-time approach to production.
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