Texturing for Films/Cinematics
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Registration Starts On
March 13, 2017
Class Begins On
1st Week of May | 2017
Chris Nichols
Lead Texture Artist
Chris Nichols is a Lead Texture Artists at Digital Domain located in Vancouver. Chris has worked in the VFX industry for over 10 years. During that time he has worked at studios such as Bardel Entertainment, Whizz Digital, Spin FX, Method Vancouver and Double Negative. Some of his recent projects include the upcoming Power Rangers, X-men:Days of Future Past, Night at the Museuem3, Thor, and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Course Description

This class will focus on creating high resolution textures and shaders with a film/Cinematic approach. The texturing specifically will focus on a creature bust, pin-pointing major detail areas such as the facial skin, teeth,gums, lips and ears. You will also be focusing on the more difficult and intricate portions of texturing, such as skin details, man-made materials.


Texturing for Games or a solid foundation of creating textures for 3D assets and basic knowledge of material shader networks.

Software Requirements:

  • Mari
  • Maya
  • Photoshop
  • Zbrush

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • Quad-core processor
  • 10+GB disk space available for caching and temporary files
  • At least 4GB RAM
  • Display with 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution
  • An NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with the latest drivers
  • 1GB of graphics memory
  • OpenGL 3.2 or higher

Recommended System Requirements

  • 2.5+ Ghz Quad-core processor
  • 250+ GB disk space available for caching and temporary files. SSD is preferable.
  • 16GB RAM w/ additional virtual memory
  • Display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
  • An NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with the latest drivers
  • 2+ GB of graphics memory
  • OpenGL 4.4 or higher support.

Course Outline


Intro & Concept design


Detailing the head


Skin color


Gums, Teeth and fabric textures


Metals and fine details. Rendering the scene


  • Game Character Artists
  • Texture Artists
  • Game Environment Artists
  • Prop Artists
  • Concept Artist
  • Visual Effects Artists
  • Visual Development Artist