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Sculpting Expression and Fantasy Characters

with John Brown

Head Fundamentals & Theory


Sculpting Expression and Fantasy Characters covers a multitude of advanced sculpting techniques. Chapter one covers sculpting the quarter scale male bust. You'll learn advanced theories that will positively shape and influence your concepts and designs. Chapter two covers new molding and casting techniques designed to save time and energy. You'll learn how to mold and cast individual clay copies of the original model, allowing for visual continuity when you sculpt a new expression. Chapters three and four cover sculpting the "Happy" and "Angry" states of expression, implementing the rules learned in chapter one. Finally we'll take a clay cast of the original model and turn it into a fantasy character and learn how to paint it in Adobe Photoshop®.

Duration: 275 minutes

Format: SD 854x480

John Brown

Character / Creature Designer Sculptor

With over forty film and television credits, John Brown’s skills as a sculptor placed him in the top live-action special make-up FX houses in Hollywood. Credits include Alien Resurrection, Species 2, George of the Jungle, Jumanji, X-Files, Mars Attacks, Bless The Child, Monkeybone, The Cell, Spy Kids, Scary Movie 2, Planet of the Apes and a host of others. John is also a bronze figurative artist whose sculptures reside in private collections throughout the United States.

  • In this new set of lessons from one of America’s leading figurative sculpting tutors – John Browns approach on how to sculpt the planes of the human male head is carefully and methodically explained. John’s teachings deliver a pragmatic set of simple to understand lessons that help ground the sculptor in the critical importance of learning the fundamentals of this art. It is these fundamentals that our creative team here at Weta Workshop value as the underpinning of our sculpting process – whether we are sculpting a hyper realistic figure or a more fantastical alien creature. Johns insistence that, all good work must be underpinned by a thorough understanding of structure and form, is also the cornerstone of our creative process .

    - Richard Taylor
    Co-Owner and Creative Director Weta Workshop