Hard Surface Modelling for Feature Animation 1001

This beginner-level online course will introduce you to hard surface modelling techniques to create a production-ready asset.

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Christopher Antoniou
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Learn how to model production-ready assets for CG Animation and VFX

In this course we will take you through the process of creating a model suitable for CG Animation and VFX. We’ll go from breaking down the initial asset brief, creating a moodboard and gathering reference, to blocking out the asset, creating production-ready topology and UVs, and then finalising the model for the next stage of the pipeline.

Through practical examples, this course will guide you through the modelling process and the tools and techniques to that will allow you to work efficiently and effectively.

Course Details

  • Type: Online
  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Format: Pre-recorded videos and weekly live feedback sessions
  • Live Classes: Tuesdays, 18:00 BST
  • Assignments: Weekly
  • Tools: Maya, ZBrush, Arnold
  • Prerequisites Basic Knowledge of Maya and ZBrush
  • Course Access Time: Lifetime

Create an industry-standard model for CG Animation and VFX

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Lessons in this course

  • 01. Breaking down the brief, modelling tools and blocking

    In this lesson, we’ll break down the asset brief, create a moodboard, gather reference, and then set up our Modelling environment. We’ll then look at some of the more useful modelling tools that will allow us to model efficiently before moving on to blocking out the model.
  • 02. Maya modelling tools for clean topology and Deformers

    With the asset blocked out, we’ll move on to looking at the topology tools to create deformable geometry. We will also see how to use the curve tools, the sculpting tools, Mash networks, and the Maya Deformers.
  • 03. Adding sculpt details and cleaning up the model

    With the asset fleshed out and coming along, we’ll dive into how you can go about adding edge detailing, ZBrush for additional surface detail.
  • 04. UVing the asset and presentation renders

    This lesson will cover how to go about creating production-ready UVs. We’ll cover the basics of UVs, UDIMs and resolution, cutting, sewing, unfolding, scale, and setting a sensible shell layout. Lastly, we'll run through the steps to finalise the asset to ensure it is ready for texturing and look development. We’ll also go through the process of creating model turntable renders for review.

Tutor: Christopher Antoniou

Head of Assets

Our Head of Assets, Christopher Antoniou is an artist at heart, who aims to uplift and inspire others with his work. On his travels towards this goal, he has been working as an asset supervisor for advertising, tv and film. Chris is currently Head of Build for MPC Episodic and teaches at numerous educational institutes around the world.


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