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Stylized Modeling Workshop Syllabus:

Leading up to the first meeting, students need to pick a design and send it to info@animsquad.com. Once we settle on a design, you can start a rough, blocked-in model of the approved design. In other words, by the start of week 1 you need to have a design and blocked-in model.


Week 01

  • What to bring to class: a rough blocked-in model based on the approved design. We want to hit the ground running and have you start week 1 with an already blocked-in model. That way we make the most of week 1.

  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will go over how he works, what tools he uses, what he looks for in an early, blocking of the model. After which he will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 02

  • What to bring to class: Body is blocked in and we’ll refine the face. Proportions should be mostly there. Don't just settle.  Let's try stuff. Push it. Break it. Then pull it back. We won't know the right place until we find all the wrong ones first. What is the shape language. Stay away from parallels.  How does one shape flow into another. Keep the curves offset from one another. Straights vs curves.

  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 03

  • What to bring to class: Take a break from the face. Good to give your eyes a rest and focus on other areas. Let's block in the hair. Spend this week getting it into a solid place. It can help tremendously with the proportions and appeal of the face.

  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 04

  • What to bring to class: Feel free to jump around a bit. Refine the body. Get back to the face. Let's start adding some zbrush color to help get the face to read.
  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 05

  • What to bring to class: Let's duplicate the head and start creating a squash shape. I will show examples. Find the extreme breaking point on these. What will be the limits of our characters. Staying on model.

  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 06

  • What to bring to class: Still focussing on the head. Refining shapes, pushing elements, etc. Also, we’re adding teeth, tongue and finishing the inside of the mouth.

  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 07

  • What to bring to class: Back to our sculpt. Let's make sure we have everything where it should be before we start our pose. Edge cleanup. Topology check. This should be ready for rigging and texturing.
  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 08

  • What to bring to class: Let's start the pose. Gather our reference? What tools we use. Weight. Balance. Dynamics. Etc.. Let's not be too ambitious. Stay realistic with the time we have.
  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 09

  • What to bring to class: Focussing on refining the pose.
  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 10

  • What to bring to class: Start face expression. This might have started from week 01. Depends on the expression. What's the character's personality. Again, what is the story behind our character. How will it play onto our expressions.

  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 11

  • What to bring to class: Finalizing the pose, adding wrinkles to clothing, adding detail to hair and potential props.
  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  • What to do for next week: apply Paul’s notes.

 

Week 12

  • What to bring to class: finalizing the complete model.
  • What we’ll do in class: Chad will critique each student’s work. The critique is live and students can interact, asking questions.

  

Week-by-Week Breakdown: