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Creature Maquette Sculpting for Entertainment

In this course, veteran industry creature sculptor Jordu Schell (Planet of the Apes, Avatar, Starship Troopers) shares his approach to designing entertainment design sculptures from imagination. You will begin by learning how to sculpt a head without a reference. Next Jordu will teach you how to push these concepts to create a monster head. Finally, you will learn how to create a full creature maquette including how to design, block-in, model, resolve and paint your figurine.

5 Lessons 11h 46m 15s of videos

Level 1

In this lesson, world-renowned sculptor and concept artist Jordu Schell demonstrates his process of sculpting a human head entirely from imagination. In his clear-cut, approachable teaching style, Jordu will share with you every step of his process from applying the first layers of clay to the armature, to blocking in major forms, to adding finer […]

Level 2

Experience the entire workflow of Hollywood creature designer Jordu Schell as he makes a monster maquette from imagination. In this lesson, you’ll learn all the materials and supplies needed to build an armature, basic clay application techniques, the importance of choosing a pose, and tips for sculpting hands, head, and tail. Jordu emphasizes the need […]
Experience the entire workflow of Hollywood creature designer Jordu Schell as he sculpts a monster maquette from imagination. In the final part of the series, it’s time to color the monster! Jordu’s technique involves applying a base coat of opaque watercolor, adding color for the details of the features like veins, mouth, and horns, and […]