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3D Creature Design: Alien Rock Grubber

Concept, Model, Texture, Render with Jerad S. Marantz


In this lecture, Jerad Marantz shares his creature design techniques in an extensive lecture and demonstration. Beginning with a brief description of the creature, Jerad begins the design process with some loose sketches on paper. These are scanned as Jerad then discusses traditional and Photoshop techniques for executing a rough concept. From there the design is brought into ZBrush and the creature is sculpted using a wide range of tools and techniques for both blocking forms and detailing, all while Jerad shares his thoughts on how to effectively design a creature that is imbued with character while fulfilling its narrative role. Once the digital sculpture is completed, the creature is then textured and posed on a base. From there the tutorial moves on to getting highly realistic renders in Keyshot. The lecture also covers the importance of animated turntables and final Photoshop composites of the creature from multiple views for presentation to a client. Whether you are an industry professional or a student, this in-depth lecture covers Creature Design, Sculpting and Painting in ZBrush, Keyshot and Photoshop and will inspire your workflow as Jerad shares his talents and years of experience.

Duration: 6h 21m

Format: HD 1280x720

Jerad S. Marantz

Creature / Character / Concept Artist

Jerad S. Marantz has been working in the film, game, and television industries for over 15 years. He started his career at an early age interning for Special FX houses; trying a little of everything enabled him to narrow his focus to character/creature design. His acquired skills in sculpture, painting, illustration, ZBrush, and Photoshop, all aid his unique sense of design. 

Jerad’s many film credits include Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Shazam!, Dune, Batman v Superman, Justice League, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Clash of the Titans (Lead Character Designer), Sucker Punch (Lead Character Designer), Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, Green Lantern, Avatar, Snow White and the Huntsman, GI Joe: Retaliation, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Riddick 3.

  • "I always look forward to Jerad’s creatures. He’s got a unique and realistic design style that is a great balance between fantasy and function. You believe these creatures were alive at some point. He has a raw talent and understanding of imagination, mixed with that human touch that you don’t find in most creature designers. Jerad Marantz is a true and pure creature designer to the core, even before all the new technology. Look at his sketches and you can see it there first."

    - Constantine Sekeris
    Concept / Creature Designer, Costume Concept Illustrator